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What to do with leftover opioids?

What to do with leftover opioids?

After surgery, you may be prescribed more opioid painkillers than you need. This can lead to potential misuse and abuse if the prescription drug gets into the wrong hands. If you have a leftover prescription drug, what is the best way to dispose of it? 

September 2017
Throw it out in the garbage | Le jeter à la poubelle
5% (1 vote)
Flush it down the toilet | Le jeter dans la cuvette
5% (1 vote)
Keep it in case you may need it | Le garder au cas où vous en auriez besoin plus tard
5% (1 vote)
Take it back to the pharmacy | Le rapporter à la pharmacie
86% (18 votes)
Total votes: 21

Canada’s seniors population outlook

Canada’s seniors population outlook

Over the next 20 years, Canada’s seniors population (age 65+) is expected to grow by 68%. During that same time, the population age 75+ will 

July 2017
Double | doubler
72% (13 votes)
Triple | tripler
22% (4 votes)
Stay the same | demeurer la même
6% (1 vote)
Decline | diminuer
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 18

Why is alcohol harm an important health issue?

Why is alcohol harm an important health issue?

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, alcohol harm — the negative consequences of alcohol consumption — is a serious and growing health concern and a leading cause of injury and death in Canada.

In 2015–2016, how many hospitalizations were entirely caused by alcohol in Canada?

June 2017
5,300 | 5 300
0% (0 votes)
10,800 | 10 800
13% (4 votes)
32,000 | 32 000
39% (12 votes)
77,000 | 77 000
48% (15 votes)
Total votes: 31

The cost of COPD

The cost of COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada.

How much does COPD cost Canada’s health care systems annually (in direct health care costs)?

May 2017
$75 million | 75 millions de dollars
15% (3 votes)
$425 million | 425 millions de dollars
45% (9 votes)
$1.5 billion | 1,5 milliard de dollars
30% (6 votes)
$3.2 billion | 3,2 milliards de dollars
10% (2 votes)
Total votes: 20

Depression: Let’s talk

Depression: Let’s talk

April 7 is World Health Day, and this year’s theme is Depression: Let’s talk. For people living with depression, talking about it can be the first step toward recovery.

Does your workplace encourage talking about mental health?

April 2017
Yes | Oui
40% (6 votes)
No | Non
40% (6 votes)
I’m not sure | Peut-être
20% (3 votes)
Total votes: 15

Person-centred care

Person-centred care

Canadians are generally happy with the medical care they receive from their regular doctor or place of care, but they are less positive about their health care system overall.
Which of the following statements expresses your overall views of your health care system?

March 2017
Overall, the system works pretty well | En général, le système est assez efficace.
5% (1 vote)
Some changes and improvements are needed | Il nécessite des changements et des améliorations.
53% (10 votes)
It needs to be completely rebuilt | Il doit être entièrement réformé.
42% (8 votes)
Not sure | Aucune opinion.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 19

Children and youth mental health

Children and youth mental health

Did you know that 10% to 20% of Canadian children and youth may develop a mental disorder? Mental illness touches everyone. Has a child or youth in your life been affected by mental illness?

October 2016
Yes | Oui
60% (9 votes)
No | Non
20% (3 votes)
Not sure | Je ne sais pas
20% (3 votes)
Total votes: 15

Have a heart, call an ambulance

Have a heart, call an ambulance

September 29 is World Heart Day 2016. Despite recommendations that all patients experiencing signs of heart attack should call an ambulance, 1 in 2 heart attack patients did not arrive at the hospital by ambulance.

If you were experiencing shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or light-headedness — common signs of a heart attack — would you call an ambulance?

September 2016
Yes | Oui
28% (5 votes)
Maybe | Peut-être
56% (10 votes)
No | Non
17% (3 votes)
Total votes: 18

Talking about end-of-life care

Talking about end-of-life care

About three-quarters (76%) of Canadian long-term care residents have a directive to not be resuscitated if they stop breathing or if their heart stops. Advance directives help individuals communicate their preferences for interventions and treatments when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Have you had a discussion about this with your loved ones?

July 2016
Yes | Oui
68% (13 votes)
I’m planning on it soon | Je prévois le faire bientôt
16% (3 votes)
No, and I don’t think I will | Non, et je ne pense pas le faire
16% (3 votes)
Total votes: 19

Playing it safe

Playing it safe

Injuries that occur while cycling remain the top sports-related injuries. Many jurisdictions across Canada require children to wear helmets while cycling. Do you think adult cyclists should also be required to wear helmets? 

June 2016
Yes | Oui
77% (23 votes)
Only in certain conditions (e.g., in traffic) | Seulement dans certaines circonstances (p. ex. dans la circulation)
7% (2 votes)
No, it should be a choice | Non, ça devrait être une question de choix
17% (5 votes)
Total votes: 30

In medicine, more is not always better

In medicine, more is not always better

As much as 30% of health care in Canada is unnecessary, according to Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

When you meet with a health professional, do you ask questions like these:

Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure? What are the downsides? Are there simpler, safer options? What happens if I do nothing?

May 2016
Yes, all of these questions | Oui, je pose toutes ces questions.
48% (16 votes)
Yes, some of these questions | Oui, je pose certaines questions.
33% (11 votes)
No, I don’t ask any questions | Non, je ne pose pas de questions.
12% (4 votes)
I ask different questions | Je pose d’autres questions.
6% (2 votes)
Total votes: 33

Organ Replacement in Canada

Organ Replacement in Canada

In 2014, a total of 2,356 organ transplant procedures were performed in Canada, approximately the same number as in 2013. And 278 Canadians died waiting for an organ transplant.

Are you registered to be an organ donor?

April 2016
Yes | Oui
77% (37 votes)
Not sure, I have to check | Je ne sais pas; je dois vérifier
8% (4 votes)
Would like to be a donor | J'aimerais devenir un donneur
2% (1 vote)
No | Non
13% (6 votes)
Total votes: 48

Canadians see an increased role for pharmacists

Canadians see an increased role for pharmacists

The majority of Canadians trust pharmacists to provide key health services such as vaccinations, medicines, management of chronic conditions, and advice on healthy lifestyle changes and common ailments like the cold or flu.

Do you consider your pharmacist to be part of your health care team?

March 2016
Yes | Oui
67% (24 votes)
Sometimes | Parfois
17% (6 votes)
No | Non
17% (6 votes)
Total votes: 36

How the experiences of Canadian family doctors compare internationally

How the experiences of Canadian family doctors compare internationally

CIHI recently released the Canadian results of an international survey of more than 11,000 primary care physicians. The results indicate that access to primary care has improved over time, with one-third more doctors in Canada able to provide same- or next-day access in 2015 than in 2009.

When you’re sick, how long do you wait to see your family doctor? 

February 2016
I usually get a same - or next-day appointment | J’obtiens habituellement un rendez-vous le jour même ou le lendemain.
38% (14 votes)
I have to wait more than 1 day for an appointment | Je dois attendre plus d’une journée avant d’obtenir un rendez-vous.
38% (14 votes)
I cannot get in to see my doctor | Je ne parviens pas à voir mon médecin.
11% (4 votes)
I don’t have a family doctor | Je n’ai pas de médecin de famille.
14% (5 votes)
Total votes: 37

Your Health System

Your Health System

Have you heard about our unique tool that allows you to view and compare data for Canadians on 45 indicators? 

December 2015
Yes, and I regularly use the tool | Oui, je l’utilise régulièrement.
36% (8 votes)
I have heard about the tool but haven’t used it yet | J’en ai entendu parler, mais je ne l’ai pas encore utilisé.
27% (6 votes)
No, but I’m going to visit the tool soon | Non, mais je vais consulter le site bientôt.
36% (8 votes)
Total votes: 22

Holiday meals and food-related reactions go hand in hand

Holiday meals and food-related reactions go hand in hand

More people go to the emergency department for allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis) in the summer and for food-related reactions in December. When planning holiday meals, do you take possible allergens into consideration?

November 2015
Yes | Oui
52% (14 votes)
Sometimes I ask my guests beforehand | Je demande parfois à mes invités s’ils ont des allergies
22% (6 votes)
No | Non
26% (7 votes)
Total votes: 27

Are you partial to Facebook or is Twitter more your style?

Are you partial to Facebook or is Twitter more your style?

Did you know that CIHI is on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube? Which one do you use the most?

October 2015
Twitter | Twitter
25% (13 votes)
Facebook | Facebook
55% (28 votes)
LinkedIn | LinkedIn
6% (3 votes)
Pinterest | Pinterest
0% (0 votes)
YouTube | YouTube
6% (3 votes)
None | Je n’utilise aucun de ces médias sociaux
8% (4 votes)
Total votes: 51

Proposed changes to nutrition labels to promote healthier food choices

Proposed changes to nutrition labels to promote healthier food choices

Health Canada received feedback from more than 10,000 Canadians about proposed changes to food packaging labels that will offer consumers more information on the sugar content of packaged foods.

Will these new labels affect your eating habits?

September 2015
Yes. I want to cut back my sugar intake | Oui. Je veux réduire ma consommation de sucre
65% (20 votes)
Maybe. I might think about which brands I buy | Peut-être. Je devrais faire plus attention aux marques que j’achète
23% (7 votes)
No. A change in labelling won’t change my sweet tooth | Non. Un nouvel étiquetage n’y changera rien
6% (2 votes)
What food label? | Quelle étiquette nutritionnelle?
6% (2 votes)
Total votes: 31

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2015, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, 3,900 Canadians die from suicide, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

What are some ways to help people who may be vulnerable?

August 2015
Ask them whether they are OK | Lui demander si tout va bien
2% (1 vote)
Listen to what they have to say in a non-judgmental way | L’écouter sans juger
4% (2 votes)
Let them know you care | Lui exprimer votre attachement
0% (0 votes)
All of the above | Toutes ces réponses
94% (47 votes)
Total votes: 50

Updates to Your Health System

Updates to Your Health System

2 new safety indicators (on falls and pressure ulcers), along with other key indicators, are now available for more than 1,000 long-term care facilities in Your Health System. Will you use this tool to make decisions and ask questions about the quality of care in your area? 

June 2015
Yes | Oui
58% (18 votes)
No | Non
13% (4 votes)
Not sure — but I’d like to learn more | Je ne suis pas sûr, mais j’aimerais en savoir plus
29% (9 votes)
Total votes: 31