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Recent releases

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Caring for Caregivers

Unpaid, informal caregivers, who are typically family members, friends and neighbours, play a vital role in helping people with dementia reside safely at home and in their communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial, physical, emotional, and mental health impacts on these unsung heroes are going largely unnoticed with potentially huge consequences for Canada’s healthcare system.

Op-Ed  |  4-min read
April 7, 2021

Canada’s Secondary Health Crisis: A Call to Build on Health System Strengths and Value-Driven Investments

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on health systems globally. While world leaders focus on containing the spread of the virus, health experts are warning that another health crisis is looming: an impending tsunami of health problems resulting from deferred surgeries, cancer treatments, and screening and diagnostic procedures. The time for systemic change is now, but the window of opportunity is narrowing.

Issue briefing  |  15-min read
March 31, 2021

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Who is caring for caregivers? The hidden wave of caregiver challenges during COVID-19

Over half a million Canadians live with dementia. This number is expected to nearly double by 2033. Dementia refers to a group of symptoms associated with a progressive decline in cognitive function characterized by memory loss, difficulties with thinking, behavior, language, and ability to perform everyday activities. Unpaid, informal caregivers, typically family, friends, and neighbours play a vital role in the lives of people with dementia while helping them reside safely at home and in their communities.

Commentary  |  4-min read
March 31, 2021

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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

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Better Workplace Virtual Conference 2022

For over two decades, the Better Workplace Conference has hosted a national conversation on creating a safe and healthy workplace. This April, we’re bringing together thought leaders, researchers, and you, industry experts, for an important, evidence-based discussion on workplace wellbeing in 2022. Join the Canada-wide conversation to improve organizational culture and employee wellbeing and safety.

Conference  |  Virtual
April 5–7, 2022

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Isabella Moroz

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Cost of chronic conditions

This estimate, in partnership with Health 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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