New MPA study shows people with schizophrenia are dying younger
People with schizophrenia have a mortality rate that is three times greater each year than those without schizophrenia, and die on average, eight years earlier than people without schizophrenia according to a new Ontario study by MPA researchers.
Read more » July 2017
Bridging the Gap: Using Interprofessional Simulation to Help Train Health Providers
Dr. Christopher Kowalski, a child and adolescent psychiatrist from the U.K. who is currently undertaking an MPA Simulation Fellowship, pens this blog about the recent simulation training course he helped to create and offer recently to Canadian health care providers. He shares this thoughts on why it will have a significant impact on improving the care of young people with complex physical and mental health needs. Read more » June 2017
REGISTER NOW! 2017 MPA Annual Conference: A Matter of Life
The 2017 Medical Psychiatry Alliance Annual Conference is titled A Matter of Life: New Approaches to Care for Patients with Physical and Severe Mental Illness, hosted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, on Oct. 6, 2017.
Read more » May 2017
Telepsychiatry being underused in Ontario by patients and psychiatrists - study
Telepsychiatry has the potential to improve access to psychiatrists, particularly in regions with low supply. However, according to a new study by MPA researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), telepsychiatry services in Ontario are currently underutilized and may not be supporting people with the greatest need for specialist mental health care. Read more » May 2017
Unique hackathon event helps plot the future of MPA Jr.
The Child, Youth and Family arm of the MPA (nicknamed “MPA Jr.”) recently invited staff, MPA members and community partners to come together at The Hospital for Sick Children to participate in a hackathon event to plan the future of MPA Jr. initiatives. Check out a wrap video from the event. Read more » May 2017
You cannot change what you cannot measure
Dr. Paul Kurdyak, MPA Director of Health Outcomes, sat down with Sandeep Dhaliwal, MPA Senior Communications Advisor, to answer some questions about the MPA scorecard, which highlights progress to date, and to share his thoughts on why it is so important to capture data. Read more » April 0017
Unique MPA Simulation Research Fellowship to develop new learning approaches in integrated care
The MPA welcomes Dr. Christopher Kowalski, the new MPA Simulation Research Fellow collaborating jointly between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Hospital for Sick Children, and the University of Toronto’ s MD Program. Read more » March 2017
New Canadian study suggests physical activity may help protect children from the onset of depression
Researchers have identified exercise as one of the factors that can affect a child’s risk for developing depressive symptoms in the future. The study's senior author is Dr. Daphne Korczak, lead of the MPA initiative CLIMB (Children’s Integrated Mood and Body) Depression Program at SickKids. Read more » March 2017
New study shows poorer health care for Ontarians living with serious mental illness and diabetes
In a new MPA study published today in General Hospital Psychiatry, researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) have highlighted the urgent need for individuals with severe mental illness to receive better, integrated health care for their co-existing diabetes condition Read more » January 2017
Obesity and mental illness: an epidemic within an epidemic
Mental health providers are being incorporated into thoughtful weight management programs around the world. In this vein, the SickKids Team Obesity Management Program (STOMP) was launched in 2009 as an outpatient intervention with a strong mental health component. Read more »