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  • March-01-19

    A survey was conducted among coroners and medical examiners to assess the usefulness of developing a toxicovigilance program. They are in favour of setting up a toxicovigilance program based on medicolegal toxicological data from ongoing investigations. Toxicovigilance activities in the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service are also presented. 

    Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, in collaboration with Institut national de santé publique du Québec and Bureau du coroner du Québec, wishes to set up a province-wide toxicovigilance program. To assess the feasibility of such a program, a review of the grey and scientific literature was conducted. The review was carried out in summer 2017 to identify examples of toxicovigilance activities based on toxicological analysis data...

  • March-01-19

    The coroner is a public officer (doctor, lawyer, or notary) appointed by the provincial government who reports to the Chief Coroner. The coroner systematically intervenes to determine the cause of death in a number of situations, including when a death occurs under violent (e.g., accident, suicide) or mysterious circumstances, when the death is the result of negligence, when the cause of death is unknown, or when the death occurs in a rehabilitation centre, penitentiary, detention centre, intensive supervision unit as defined in the Youth Protection Act, police station, daycare centre, or foster family, or in custody in a health facility, etc. In Québec, nearly 10% of deaths are reported to Bureau du coroner du Québec (BCQ). Following the investigation, the coroner publishes his or her...

  • February-26-19

    The prescription and use of opioid drugs has increased significantly in Québec in recent years. According to studies recently published by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec – INSPQ (Gagné et al., 2013; Gagné, Dubé, Légaré and Perron, 2015), an increase in the number of deaths and the mortality rate attributable to opioid overdose was also reported in the province between 2000 and 2012, among the population aged 20 and over.

    As part of an agreement with Health Canada, a project funded by the Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF) has been implemented in Québec for 2015-2017 in order to address opioid prescribing practices in chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) management, which is often associated with the overdose trends. The grant was awarded to...

  • February-05-19

    From Tiny Tot to Toddler is a practical guide that contains scientifically supported information about pregnancy, delivery and the first two years of a child’s life. A free printed guide is given to all new Québec parents at the beginning of pregnancy follow-up. Parents involved in an adoption process can also receive a free guide.

    2019 edition: What’s new?

    The 2019 update is in continuity with previous edition, so you will find the same section and chapter page numbering as in previous versions of the guide

    The document What’s new? will give you an overview of the changes made to the 2019 edition. 

  • January-10-19

    This health profile of linguistic communities is based on data from the 2014-2015 Québec Population Health Survey (QPHS). It addresses a number of topics broken down into 16 indicators covering certain behaviors associated with prevention and health promotion, certain aspects of physical and mental health status, as well as occupational health. Topics addressed in the report cannot be covered with medical or government databases or with census data. The data has been analyzed from a linguistic minority standpoint and according to immigrant status.

    The highlights shown here only apply to indicators for which statistically significant differences were observed between the anglophone and allophone linguistic minority communities and the francophone linguistic community.

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