Health Care in Canada Survey: 12th Edition (HCIC 2016)

June 27, 2018 --- The latest in our series of analyses of the results of the 12th edition of the Health Care in Canada (HCIC) Survey has been published in the current issue of Healthcare Quarterly.

Although the 2016 wave of the HCIC Survey witnessed a growing concern that medicare may require major strategic repairs or a complete rebuild, a majority of stakeholders perceive continuing underlying quality in our clinical care and look forward to both system- and patient-centred initiatives to improve health care in the future. What is the top improvement priority among both public and professional caregivers? The enhanced availability of less expensive prescription medications.  In other words, pharmacare - although not necessarily a program that replaces existing drug plans.

Read the article here:  Healthcare Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2018

Established in 1998, the HCIC Survey is Canada’s longest-running, most in-depth survey of the public, general/family physicians, specialists, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and health care administrators. The 12th and most recent edition of the HCIC was conducted in 2016, and the next wave of research will be conducted in 2018.

Additional data, findings, and reporting on the 2016 HCIC Survey and all previous editions can be found via the HCIC website hosted by McGill University. Also, our webinar presentation summarizing the key findings of the 12th Edition of the HCIC can be viewed in English or French via the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI).

The HCIC Survey has been conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights since its inception, supported by the HCIC survey partners, with principal funding from Merck Canada Inc. Current survey partners include the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Canadian Home Care Association, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Pharmacists Association, CareNet Health Management Consulting, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation, Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre, Health Charities Coalition of Canada, HealthCareCAN, Institute of Health Economics, McGill University, Merck Canada Inc., Strive Health Management, and Studer Group Canada.

What We're Reading: How the Polls were Right, Causality is Complex, and Bad Math Ruined English Soccer

June 24, 2018 --- Have time for some coffee or tea and a good read?  Click the links below for three pertinent readings that we are currently enjoying:

Dispelling lingering myths of elections past, pollsters nailed the vote in Ontario (Robert Benzie, Toronto Star)

"The polls were right." 

The Slippery Math of Causation (Pradeep Mutalik, Quanta Magazine)

"Although we tend to credit or blame things on a single major cause, in nature and in science there are almost always multiple factors..." 

How One Man’s Bad Math Helped Ruin Decades of English Soccer (Joe Sykes and Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight)

Sometimes the Next Big Thing isn't the Next Big Thing. Even worse, sometimes it's based on an inaccurate, overly simplistic interpretation.

Ontario Election 2018 Final Report: What Happened? What's Next?

June 12, 2018 --- In addition to our extensive election polling for Maclean's, we also conducted a final survey on the day and night before Election Day - in order to capture insights into voters' mindsets as they were heading to their polling stations, including their demands, expectations, and priorities for the new Ford PC Government.

Please download our report, co-authored with our friends at Enterprise, to see these insights, an overall analysis of the campaign, and an analysis of the social media battleground:

Ontario Election 2018 Final Report: What Happened? What's Next?

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