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  • May-08-19

    What is an effective way to share public health knowledge with the municipal sector? In this document, we present the views expressed by civil servants in Canadian municipalities.

    When public health actors wish to share knowledge in order to influence municipal policies that have an impact on health, they may wonder how to do this. Here are several questions that they might ask:

    • If I wish to share knowledge with a municipality, whom should I approach?
    • What action is the municipality already taking in my field of work?
    • How should I initiate contact?
    • What types of knowledge do municipal civil servants find useful?
    • How does one foster positive interactions?
    • What time frame should be expected?
    • Why formalize a...
  • May-08-19
    • Mistreatment of older adults involves a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older adult, whether or not the perpetrator deliberately intends to cause harm. It affects older adults living at home, in residential facilities, or in any other type of living environment. 
    • Two forms of older adult mistreatment have been defined in Québec: violence and neglect. Mistreatment may be physical, sexual, psychological, material, or financial. It can also be organizational, manifest itself as age-based discrimination (ageism), or involve violation of rights.
    • Mistreatment of older adults is a complex multifactorial problem, which is part of...
  • May-08-19

    This document is part of a series of documents, webinars, and workshops on wicked problems developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP). It is meant to highlight key factors and resources for dealing with wicked problems and to offer readers some practical examples for how these may be addressed. Our hope is that it will be useful to public health actors by helping to focus their approach to the specific problems their organizations are faced with and by suggesting resources that might be helpful.

    To learn more, visit the website of the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy - NCCHPP (

  • May-08-19

    This briefing note, by Paul Cairney of the University of Stirling, presents the importance of distinguishing between uncertainty and ambiguity in the strategies aimed to develop evidence-informed policy making.

    Policy studies often distinguish between uncertainty, defined as a lack of knowledge about a policy problem or its solution, and ambiguity, defined as the potential to produce more than one interpretation of a problem. With this in mind, reducing uncertainty can be thought of as a technical process for addressing an already well-defined policy problem: supplying the best evidence and delivering it to the right people at the right time. Reducing ambiguity can be thought of as a political process: exercising power to define a policy problem and prompting a demand for...

  • March-19-19

    The Centre is made up of institutions in the Québec public health network under the scientific coordination of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), which, in conjunction with its mission, establishes links with Canadian and international organizations in order to foster cooperation and the pooling of knowledge.

    The Collaborating Centre seeks to contribute at the international level to research, development and the dissemination of intersectoral approaches to promote safety and prevent intentional and unintentional injuries.

    2014-2018 Mandate:

    • Collaborate in the activities of the WHO and the PAHO.
    • Satisfy the needs of the international community.
    • Support the Réseau francophone international de prévention...
  • 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...

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