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A new pilot group therapy program at Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre is expanding mental health services for inpatients of the Spinal Cord Rehab Program. Though patients have always benefitted from one-on-one psychology services at the hospital, this program allows them to discuss injuries, illness, and coping strategies with other patients facing similar challenges. As one inspiring patient, Elizabeth Machado, told UHN News, "being in a group setting has helped me realize that feeling scared or vulnerable is normal. Hearing from somebody else who has gone through a similar experience makes me realize there are other ways of looking at things that I could try, too."
Read this UHN News story to discover more about the difference that this program is already making.
A UHN-led study shows the impact of patient partners on improving hospital services. The study, led by Dr. Anna Gagliardi at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, involved interviews with a range of stakeholders at nine hospitals that seek patient participation in planning and improving clinical programs. It found that there are multiple benefits for patients and their families, as well as physicians and staff when patient partners are engaged in designing care. "Patients felt that their needs were seriously considered," Dr. Gagliardi told UHN News. "Physicians and hospital staff felt that they communicated better with their patients, were more efficient in providing healthcare, felt more confident and at ease with their work, and enjoyed their work more." Read more about this research and its findings at
Dr. Susy Hota had a great interview with CBC's "Cross Country Checkup" last week, where she answered questions about the seventh wave of the pandemic. She explained why this latest spike, driven by the growth of the BA.5 subvariant, which has more potential for immune evasion, has sparked feelings of uncertainty. As Dr. Hota said, this wave will be different than previous waves because it is playing out amid the de-escalation of public health restrictions. We are also seeing a rise in infections among people previously infected with COVID-19. Listen to Dr. Hota's full segment
on CBC's website.
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