New published report on patient/family advisory councils in Ontario Hospitals

The Change Foundation recently published a report on patient/family advisory councils in Ontario Hospitals.  This is how they describe the report.  Follow the links to read the report:

This report investigates the evolving function and best practices of Ontario’s hospital-based Patient/Family Advisory Councils (PFACs): one mechanism some hospitals are using – among other approaches – to advance patient/family engagement and patient-centred care.

This 3-part preliminary report aims to guide, connect and inspire by presenting thematic findings with examples of challenges and successes (part 1); quantitative data (part 2); and listings of PFAC initiatives, with contacts (part 3). The Foundation interviewed patients, family and staff from 29 hospitals about the functioning and impact of their councils.

Hospitals early in their PFAC journey can learn from those ahead of them. In future, we hope to expand our review beyond hospitals, reporting on PFACs and related bodies in other healthcare sectors.

Education Technology Innovation Day, March 20th

Library & Information Services staff were very pleased to participate in Education Technology Innovation Day last week. Like a come and go mini-conference, Education Technology Innovation Day features presentations about (you guessed it) recent technological innovation at St. Mike’s related to education.

Pam Richards launched SALI (Search All Library Information), a great new tool for doing quick and dirty searches of various library resources simultaneously, rather than moving from one resource to another doing the same search over and over again. Sandy Iverson also presented a session on medical apps with a fun, hands-on component, while Maxim Fishman talked about how to create effective e-learning modules.

Education Technology Innovation Day is a great way for St. Mike’s employees to learn more about what happens in the Education portfolio and we look forward to participating again in the future, both as presenters and attendees!

Pam Richards showed off SALI, a one-stop-shop for library information

Maxim covered the steps involved in turning your bright idea into an e-learning opportunity

Sandy discussed things to think about when it comes to medical apps.

What kind of instruction are you looking for?


The Health Sciences Library is revamping our current instruction; this could mean new courses, more online offerings, more interactivity – but we need to hear from you!

Do you want more advanced courses? Do you want to learn about Critical Appraisal? Google Searching? Excel? The possibilities are up to you!

Let us know what you think by clicking HERE.

Hungry for information? It’s nutrition month, and we have a variety of resources on the menu

March is a month to celebrate good nutrition and the dietitians that work to educate us all about healthy eating! The Health Sciences Library and the Patient & Family Learning Centre have nutrition information resources for health professionals and patients alike. The following are just a few examples of what is available.


… for patients

Eating Well, Living Well: An Everyday Guide for Optimum Health by Richard Béliveau
The Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating by Andrew Weil
Nutrition For Canadians For Dummies by Carol Ann Rinzler

… for health professionals

Preventive nutrition : the comprehensive guide for health professionals by Adrianne Bendich and Richard J. Deckelbaum
Nutrition across the life span by Mary Kay Mitchell
Food and nutrients in disease management edited by Ingrid Kohlstadt


… for patients, from the Krames online library

Reading Food Labels 
Eating Healthy on the Run
Nutrition After Surgery

… journals for health professionals

Nutrition in Clinical Practice
Topics in Clinical Nutrition
Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter 

For more info contact (Ext. 5059) or (Ext. 2522)


February is Heart Health Month in Canada!

Canada has been celebrating Heart Health Month for more than 55 years!  Led by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, campaigns have served to gather donations for life-saving research and raise heart health awareness.  The Health Sciences Library and Patient & Family Learning Centre at St. Michael’s offer numerous heart health-related resources to aid in these shared pursuits, including:

From the Library:

-          Heart & Vascular Resource Guide (Books, journals, databases and more in one convenient location)

-          E-books, for example:

-          E-Journals, for example:

From the Patient & Family Learning Centre* (Donnelly Lobby):

-          Books, for example:

-          Online Health Library (Krames) Health Sheets, for example:

*Books at the Patient & Family Learning Centre (PFLC) are available for borrowing by patients, family/care-givers, and Hospital staff.

Longwoods’ Top Ten

The library subscribes to the Longwoods suite of Canadian health administrative titles.  (These links work best on SMH network computers and devices)

January 2014

  1. Effective Teamwork in Healthcare: Research and Reality
  2. Implementing Leadership in Healthcare: Guiding Principles and a New Mindset
  3. The Role of Nursing Leadership in Integrating Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners in Healthcare Delivery in Canada
  4. A Conversation about Leadership and Quality with James Reinertsen and G. Ross Baker
  5. Research: Evidence-based Nursing Practice: How to Get There from Here
  6. The Expanded Chronic Care Model: An Integration of Concepts and Strategies from Population Health Promotion and the Chronic Care Model
  7. The Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Role in Canada
  8. A Historical Overview of the Development of Advanced Practice Nursing Roles in Canada
  9. Professional Practice in Nursing: A Framework
  10. Ten Key Principles for Successful Health Systems Integration


Top Read Article by Journal

submitted by Pam Richards, Team Leader & Information Specialist

Recent advances in scientific publishing


A recent article on the BioMed Central blog reports the latest development in the concept of ‘threaded publications’.  This concept of connecting all digitally-published content relating to the evidence about a particular trial was originally articulated in 1999 by Altman and Chalmers (see their original article in the Lancet).  Eventually (and likely sooner than we think) we imagine that this will be the norm in scientific publishing.

Threaded Publications: one step closer