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Men’s Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

Men’s Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

November is men’s health awareness month – and some of the less-often-talked about health issues affecting men are about their mental health. The Canadian Mental Health Association is calling this a “silent crisis, a sleeper issue”.
CADTH RWE Framework

CADTH RWE Framework

I had the pleasure of attending the The Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics annual conference in Toronto, Canada. The program was titled “Embracing Change and Uncertainty to Improve the Health of Canadians” and it was kicked-off with a townhall session on Canadian RWE Initiatives...
World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases Presentations: Trends in Osteoporotic Incidences and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases Presentations: Trends in Osteoporotic Incidences and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A real-world evidence study examining COVID-19 pandemic disruptions in osteoporosis care patterns and outcomes across Alberta, Canada, was presented through two posters at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases
Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using AI Techniques in Primary Care

Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using AI Techniques in Primary Care

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a degenerative neurological disease with progressive death of brain cells, eventually leading to death.1,2 It is the most prevalent irreversible dementia, marked by deterioration of memory, judgement, and reasoning and worsening of mood, behaviour, communication, and function to perform daily activities.1 With longer life expectancy and an aging population, the burden of AD on the quality of life of patients and their family and caregivers is increasing.
Indigenous healthcare research in Canada—A changing landscape

Indigenous healthcare research in Canada—A changing landscape

With National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21st, Medlior is reflecting on health disparities for Indigenous peoples in Canada. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people have typically been underrepresented in research studies, but there are promising signs of change.
Canada’s Rare Disease Strategy – What is it and why do we care?

Canada’s Rare Disease Strategy – What is it and why do we care?

Approximately 1 in 12 Canadians, mostly children, are affected by a rare disorder. Patients with rare diseases face many challenges, including misdiagnosis, limited treatment, and difficulty accessing innovative therapies even when they are available. Implementing the Rare Disease Strategy will not necessarily cost Canadians more. Earlier diagnosis and correct treatments can lead to reduced unnecessary surgeries, organ transplants, and visits to multiple specialists, resulting in savings for the health system and taxpayers.
Value-based Health Care 

Value-based Health Care 

Reflecting over the last 2 years The pandemic has shown us the crucial imperative of having highly functioning and interconnected healthcare systems. Everything comes at a cost which is why it is so important to achieve the greatest value for money. But what is value and whose values matter ...
Looking Forward To 2022 

Looking Forward To 2022 

Following the unprecedented year of 2020, 2021 brought increased global awareness to our field of work. The pandemic has brought terms such as ‘epidemiology’, ‘efficacy’ and ‘real word evidence’ into lay language and the vital role of health outcomes research has become increasingly apparent. ...
Looking Back On 2021

Looking Back On 2021

As the reality of living amongst a global pandemic set in across the world over the past year, a key highlight of 2021 was undoubtedly the rollout of life saving vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, and Moderna. At Medlior, this was also a year of continued ...
Trends in major adverse cardiac events during the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta, Canada

Trends in major adverse cardiac events during the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta, Canada

Dr. Shaun Goodman, from the Division of Cardiology, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian VIGOUR Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, presented a poster at the 2021 Scientific Sessions American Heart Association Virtual Conference focusing on trends in major ...
Disease Burden of Huntington’s Disease in a Canadian Setting Using Administrative Health Data

Disease Burden of Huntington’s Disease in a Canadian Setting Using Administrative Health Data

A real-world evidence study focusing on the burden of Huntington’s disease (HD) in Alberta, was presented at the virtual 28thAnnual Meeting of the Huntington Study Group (HSG) from November 4-6, 2021. This study was conducted by Medlior on behalf of Hoffmann-La Roche. A background on ...
Virtual Canadian Congress of Cardiology Presentation: COVID-19 Pandemic Induced Disruptions in Troponin and Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Laboratory Test Volumes Across Alberta

Virtual Canadian Congress of Cardiology Presentation: COVID-19 Pandemic Induced Disruptions in Troponin and Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Laboratory Test Volumes Across Alberta

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization made the announcement that the coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) was officially characterized as a pandemic.1 As many healthcare resources were redeployed or redistributed to address the acute need of COVID-19, large impacts on health systems were ...