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In 2012, Canada and other World Health Organization Member States endorsed the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, a global commitment to address health inequities by acting on the social, economic, environmental, and other factors that shape health. The Public Health... Read more

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This paper outlines the integration of hospital admission, Febrile Respiratory Illness (FRI) screening and Canadian Triage and Acuity Score (CTAS) data streams within an Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance system. These data elements allow better characterization of outbreak severity and... Read more

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Geographic Information System (GIS) technology provides visual tools, through the creation of computerized maps, graphs, and tables of geographic data, which can assist with problem solving and inform decision-making. One of the GIS tools being developed by KFL&A Public Health is the Social... Read more

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This paper describes a novel approach to the statistical classification of free-text chief complaints for the purpose of syndromic surveillance.

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Currently, three main sources of data are used to monitor the prevalence of influenza in Ontario: Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) FluWatch, Ontario’s Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance (ACES) data and Public Health Ontario’s (PHO) traditional laboratory data. However, a limitation of these... Read more

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In September 2004, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health began a 2-year pilot project to develop and evaluate an Emergency Department Chief Complaint Syndromic Surveillance System in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – Public Health Branch... Read more

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Sickness absence is particularly pronounced within health care organizations where job demands and work environment expose workers to an increased risk of illness and injury, potentially leading to an inability to attend work. Health Care Workers (HCWs), especially nurses who are primarily... Read more

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The Ontario Telehealth Telephone Helpline (henceforth referred to as “Telehealth”) was implemented in Ontario in 2001. It is administered by Clinidata, a private contractor hired by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays, at no cost... Read more

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To highlight the key role of Emergency Department syn-dromic surveillance in linking acute care and public health, thus enabling collaborative detection, monitoring and management of a local food borne outbreak.

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In 2003, with the advent of SARS, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) released a document mandating the use of a clinical screening tool to detect patients at high risk for having a febrile respiratory illness (FRI), defined as a temperature of > 38ºC and a new or... Read more

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