Background: To address public health risk factors, governments conduct interventions in many different ministries, including non-health ministries. In order to understand the scope and cost of public health in Alberta, we developed a survey of government public health interventions. We included any government ministry or public organization, which includes health as a stated…
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OBJECTIVE: About one-third of the annual $51 billion cost of mental illnesses is related to productivity losses. However, few studies have examined the association of treatment and productivity. The purpose of our research is to examine the association of depression and its treatment and work productivity.
The Institute of Health Economics organized the November 17 roundtable, with funding from Merck and in-kind support from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. The roundtable served as an initial gathering of the original partners and invited delegates (see Appendix I for full participant list) to further develop the HCiC partnership and begin planning…
Abstract: In the 1980s, drug prices began rising considerably worldwide, and in the 1990s, countries began incorporating health economics into the scientific review process. Rising prices in vaccines began around the year 2000 and national bodies began to use health economics to review vaccines in the next decade. Health economics is a discipline that evaluates alternative…
The Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System (ADSS) was created in 2006 in partnership with Alberta Health and Wellness (AHW) and the Institute of Health Economics (IHE). The purpose of the ADSS is to provide information about diabetes within the province of Alberta. This information includes the incidence, prevalence and use of health care services for people with diabetes, along…
Purpose: The concept of the suicidal process implies a progression from behaviour of relatively low intent to completed suicide. Evidence from the literature has given rise to the speculation that the age of onset of an early form of the suicidal process may be associated with the ultimate seriousness of suicidal behaviour. This study was designed to test the hypothesis…
The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) has completed a scan to determine what public health-related costs are borne by government departments, ministries, and agencies. The final report, Everybody’s Business: The Cost of Multi-Department Involvement in Public Health in Alberta, was funded by Alberta Health Services (AHS) as part of the Project 2030 initiative that saw the…
Rationale, Aims, and Objectives: A collaborative, multidisciplinary guideline adaptation process was developed to construct a single overarching, evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) for all primary care practitioners responsible for the management of low back pain (LBP) to curb the use of ineffective treatments and improve patient outcomes. Note: This is an…
The Alberta Survey of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health in the Workforce: 2009 is the third such study conducted since 1992. It provides an interesting, comprehensive picture of many issues related to the mental health of workers across all sectors in Alberta. Introduction IHE is pleased to release the final report of The Alberta Survey of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health…
This report describes the outcomes of a two day workshop that explored options for improving quality and access to diagnostic imaging services for low back pain (LBP) in Alberta through the engagement of stakeholders that are involved in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of this condition. These include health professionals, health service managers, administrators,…
As part of Alberta Health Services (AHS) Strategic Health Needs Assessment and Service Design 2030 project, “Becoming the Best: Building Sustainability” the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) was commissioned to conduct three Knowledge Exchange events between February and May 2011. These single-day conferences assembled leading international thinkers and experts in…
This one-day, invitational event engaged community experts and senior decision-makers involved in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis health policy in Canada in round-table discussions. Integrated Knowledge Exchange in health requires communities, researchers, and policy-makers utilize evidence from all sources in a culturally relevant way.
This in-depth book contains an introduction to prevention of FASD and to the different methods that are used. There is also a systematic review of the effectiveness of prevention approaches and an overview of reviews on FASD. The book ends with a chapter called “Five perspectives on prevention of FASD” written by professionals in the field who are working to prevent…
Alberta STE Report written under contract with the Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process (AHTDP). Fecal transplantation for the treatment of Clostridium difficile-associated disease or ulcerative colitis examines the clinical research evidence on the safety and effects of fecal transplantation in the treatment of patients with Clostridium difficile-associated disease…
This article is an overview of systematic reviews reporting on the efficacy/effectiveness of psychotherapy and/or pharmacotherapy interventions delivered within Sex Offender Treatment (SOT) programs to reduce the risk of re-offending in convicted adult male sex offenders. Related Report: Treatment for Convicted Adult Male Sex Offenders