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The cost of stress: COVID-19, chronic disease, and calculating risk

COVID-19 continues to challenge Canadians, both personally and professionally. At a personal level, it has disrupted social connections and recreational routines. Those with children are juggling work and parenting. And some are riddled with financial worries. On the professional front, challenges such as working remotely or a fear of catching COVID-19 have amplified worry and distress for many employees.

Commentary  |  3-min read
January 14, 2021

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A Blueprint for Optimizing Lung Cancer Care for Better Patient Outcomes

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Canada, accounting for 13 per cent of all newly diagnosed cancers. It is also the leading cause of cancer mortality. Lung cancer survival rates are among the lowest, compared to breast cancer and prostate cancer. In 2020 alone, an estimated 28,900 Canadians will have been diagnosed with lung cancer, and 21,200 Canadians will have died from it.

Impact paper  |  25-min read
January 14, 2021

Modelling the Burden of Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality worldwide, with almost 18 million reported deaths in 2016. This series of issue briefings models the financial and health burdens of cardiovascular disease in several countries.

Online experience  |  3-min read
January 12, 2021

Insights into colorectal cancer care pathways in Ontario and Quebec

The Conference Board of Canada is examining colorectal cancer care (CRC) pathways in Ontario and Quebec to understand how to align provincial guidelines, existing pathways for patient care, and a value-based model of healthcare for these patients. Patient care pathways are multidisciplinary stepped-care plans founded on evidence-based clinical guidelines and expert consensus.

Commentary  |  4-min read
December 16, 2020

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Measure of Life: Is Canada Doing Enough to Reduce Deaths from Cancer?

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. In 2020, it will be responsible for an estimated 83,000 deaths. The burden of cancer falls on: patients and their families, health care systems, and society.

Online experience  |  8-min read
December 15, 2020

Finding balance

The Canadian Beverage Association is trying to help Canadians consume fewer calories from non-alcoholic/non-dairy liquid refreshment beverages (LRBs). The association hopes to reduce the average number of LRB calories each person consumes. Since 2014, the average number of calories Canadians consume from LRBs in a day has fallen.

Online experience  |  8-min read
December 11, 2020

Value-Based Healthcare in Canada: Opportunities for Advancement

Sustainability of healthcare systems is a growing global concern. Canada’s spending on healthcare is one of the highest compared with international peers. Yet its healthcare performance is rated as modest to poor. Creating more value in Canada’s health system has reached a tipping point.

Primer  |  18-min read
December 8, 2020

Moving to Action: Implementing WSPS’ Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap

In partnership with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), The Conference Board of Canada developed a Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap. The Roadmap was created using an evidence-based approach to assist employers in supporting employees to achieve their psychological health and safety goals and is expected to evolve over time.

Primer  |  20-min read
December 8, 2020

A new mental harm prevention road map for Canada

COVID-19 has shone a light on mental health in Canada and challenged employers to focus more on supporting employees’ through this challenging time. Organizations large and small often do not fully grasp how to support employees with their mental health needs.

Commentary  |  3-min read
December 8, 2020

What’s the Access? Disease-Modifying Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis poses a significant economic burden—on those living with MS, our health care systems, the Canadian economy, and broader society. Although they are not a cure for MS, disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) are a type of medication that help reduce disease activity.

Online experience  |  8-min read
December 3, 2020

The Economic Influence of Physicians’ Offices

Physicians provide the invaluable and essential service of delivering health care to Canadians. While health care is often considered in terms of costs to governments and taxpayers, it also generates many economic benefits at the national, provincial/territorial, and community levels.

Issue briefing  |  45-min read
November 10, 2020

Why Vision Loss Should Not be Overlooked

By treating vision loss, ophthalmic interventions will prevent billions in direct health care costs from avoided injuries and other health care needs in 2020. Vision loss can result in loss of employment or underemployment.

Online experience  |  3-min read
November 6, 2020

Optimizing lung cancer care for better patient outcomes

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Canada and the leading cause of cancer mortality for both sexes. Survival rates are among the lowest for all cancer types. The past decade has seen an evolution of care in oncology treatment, from chemotherapy to targeted therapy and immuno-oncology.

Commentary  |  4-min read
November 5, 2020

Health care cost drivers in Canada: Pre-and post-COVID-19

Although the precise economic and financial toll of COVID-19 on the economy remains uncertain and depends on how long the crisis lasts, Canada’s health care system is already experiencing significant change and will likely continue to do so over the longer term.

Impact paper  |  55-min read
October 30, 2020

Introduction to the Health Solutions by Shoppers Chronic Condition Calculator

This calculator provides employers of all sizes with a user-friendly way to examine their organization’s estimated chronic disease costs related to mental health and cardiovascular illness. Through early intervention and effective treatment, the negative impact of mental illness and cardiovascular disease can be mitigated.

Commentary  |  4-min read
October 29, 2020

How building a mental fitness plan can facilitate prosocial coping skills

A mental fitness plan can reduce your risk of experiencing a mental health challenge, developing an addictive disorder, or engaging in at-risk activities to cope with stress.

Commentary  |  3-min read
July 17, 2020

Pandemic Pulse Check: COVID-19’s Impact on Canadians’ Mental Health

The Conference Board of Canada and the Mental Health Commission of Canada conducted a survey to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. Eighty-four per cent of responders reported that their mental health concerns have worsened since the onset of COVID-19.

Issue briefing  |  15-min read
July 17, 2020

The time to fix long-term care in Canada is now

The COVID-19 crisis has drawn attention to the inconsistent regulations, low standards of care, and poor working conditions in Canadian long-term care facilities.

Commentary  |  3-min read
June 24, 2020

How has COVID-19 impacted Canadians’ mental health?

Between April 27 and May 15, 2020, we conducted a mental health pulse-check and received responses from 1,804 Canadians. We looked at the pro-social, at-risk, and help-seeking coping strategies they used.

Online experience  |  8-min read
June 23, 2020

Optimizing outcomes during COVID-19: The urgent need for data sharing

COVID-19 is placing unprecedented stress on the Canadian healthcare system. Healthcare providers and policy makers are struggling to ensure that they can make the right decisions to minimize mortality for Canadians in the face of demand will far exceed capacity. Realtime data is required urgently in all domains of the healthcare system in order to evaluate the impact of policies and care protocols.

Free recorded webinar  |  47-min listen
April 3, 2020

Accessing necessary arthritis medications: A pan-Canadian analysis

Arthritis is a grouping of more than 100 forms of degenerative and autoimmune inflammatory conditions. Together, these conditions affect nearly one in five Canadian adults—some 6 million people. While arthritis becomes more common at older ages, over half of Canadians with arthritis are younger than 65.

Impact paper  |  50-min read
February 5, 2020

Accessing Diabetes medications: A Pan-Canadian analysis of patient experiences

Medicines are a key component of a range of therapeutic interventions that Canadians use to prevent, manage, and cure health conditions. Patients living with diabetes depend on access to evidence-based, individualized treatments to maintain and improve their health outcomes, reduce complications, and increase their overall quality of life and lifespan.

Online experience  |  8-min read
November 14, 2019

Value-Based Healthcare Canada Data Repository

Publicly accessible information and data are core tenants of value-based healthcare (VBHC) to help build transparent health systems. To that end, VBHC Canada developed an interactive data repository that highlights innovative VBHC activity across the country.

Online experience  |  10-min read

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Monika Slovinec D’Angelo

Monika Slovinec D’Angelo

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Cost of chronic conditions

This estimate, in partnership with Heath Solutions by Shoppers Drug Mart, is powered by a cost model developed by The Conference Board of Canada. It calculates the annual aggregated costs related to common chronic conditions in the workplace (depression, anxiety disorder, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and obesity).


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