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  • 27 juillet 2020

    Regardless of its nature, a major disaster such as an earthquake, flooding, an ice storm, a nuclear transport accident or an attack can engender a broad range of impacts on individual health and well-being and on the economy and the environment. The authorities usually properly document the immediate effects, especially as regards physical health and economic aspects. However, mental health impacts can be perceived as harder to document.

    Individuals who have experienced a disaster can develop or exacerbate mental health problems that may appear several months after a disaster. It is necessary and crucial that mental health resources and services be available to help a community recover from a disaster. To ensure continued support for the community by offering sufficient, appropriate services, monitoring of the mental health impacts in the population affected becomes important. It should continue several years after an event in certain cases.

    In Québec,...

  • 23 juillet 2020

    The purpose of this document is to equip public health actors to conduct an ethical analysis of policies that are said to be paternalistic. It aims to provide the conceptual tools needed to identify paternalistic policies and assess the ethical burden with which they may be associated. The document also offers practitioners a clear and structured approach intended to guide ethical deliberation about paternalistic policies.

    • Paternalism in a nutshell
    • Some examples of policies called paternalistic
    • An approach and tools for the ethical analysis of paternalistic policies

    This document is designed to provide an explicit and reasoned approach to conducting an ethical analysis of paternalistic public health policies. In choosing to frame the debate in terms of paternalism one risks assigning disproportionate weight to certain values within the deliberative process. The third step in our approach aims, among other things, to compensate for the...

  • 11 mai 2020

    COVID-19 preventive measures in the workplace
    These measures apply when sustained community transmission has been confirmed by public health authorities.

    Based on current knowledge, it is known that the disease can be transmitted by asymptomatic people who are carriers of the disease. Therefore, preventive measures are recommended at all times.

    A. In order to protect the health of employees and of those who come into contact with the workplace, employers and workers are asked to:

    1. Encourage the respect of instructions given to drivers who have to self-isolate or who need work-time arrangements.

    2. Advise drivers that they must not show up to work if they present symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (fever (> 38°C) OR recent cough OR exacerbated chronic cough OR respiratory difficulty OR brutal...