É/Exchange Working Papers Report

OHHRRN Working Paper Series

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About This Series: The É/Exchange working paper series is designed to facilitate sharing of results and to encourage discussion of concepts, practices, and policies in applied health. This series provides a way to disseminate well-written, but not yet published, reports of research. It is also a way to make research conducted by affiliated community members accessible to a wider readership. The series is co-sponsored by The Population Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN), Réseau de recherche appliquée sur la santé des francophones de l'Ontario (RRASFO); and the Ontario Health Human Resources Research Network (OHHRRN).

Developing Training Modules for Foreign Trained Health Professionals and Unregulated Health Workers

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About This Article: This article describes a research project that designed and tested e-learning modules for newly em-ployed internationally trained health workers who have little or no experience with the Canadian public health system and whose first language may not be English. The modules introduce the Cana-dian health care system and how and where public health fits into it. Best practices for developing web based learning modules for those with low levels of English literacy, and lessons learned from pilot testing of the modules are pro-vided.

Authors: Cava, M, Parker, H.

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The Experiences of Internationally Educated Health Professionals in Canada

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About this Article:A recent study collected stories of internationally educated medical gradu-ates, nurses and midwives who have immigrated to Canada and attempted to become contributing mem-bers of the Canadian medi-cal system. It highlights barriers and facilitators to this process and makes policy, program and system recommendations that will benefit both immigrants and Canadian society at large.

Authors: Bourgeault, IL., Neiterman, E., LeBrun, J., Viers, K., and Winkup, J.

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Initial Perceptions of Key Stakeholders in Ontario Regarding Independent Prescriptive Authority for Pharmacists

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About This Article: This qualitative study examined the initial perceptions of pharmacy and medical professional organizations and the Ontario government regarding pharmacist prescribing. Although strong opinions were provided on both sides of the issue, there was little evidence to support most of the assertions.

Authors: Pojskic, N, MacKeigan, L, Boon, H, Austin, Z, Kohler, J and Ellison, P.

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Enablers and Barriers to Expanded Scopes of Practice of Ontario Optometrists

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About This Article: To ascertain the initial perceptions of the Ontario government and health professional stakeholder groups to the prospect of prescriptive authority for optometrists.

Authors: Walji, R, Beazely, M, Prokopich, CL.

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Policy Analysis of Scope of Practice Changes: Physiotherapy and Kinesiology

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About this Article: This article discusses the findings of a policy analysis, document review and key informant interviews regarding new legislation that will regulate the practice of kinesiologists and expand the scope of practice of physiotherapists. Findings surround the process and educational requirements, and the reaction of other regulatory bodies and the practitioners themselves. Future suggestions for evaluation and monitoring are provided.

Authors: Landry, MD, Woodhouse, LJ, Deber, R, Randall, GE, Miller, P, Hicks, A, Stokes, E, Desmeules, F. Thomas, S.

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Task Shifting in the Provision of Home and Social Care

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About this Article: This article describes a study which explored the process of task shifting and the relationships with health human resource issues, such as retention, training, competency, job satisfaction and occupational risk factors, such as health and safety and chronic stress within a large provincial home care organization. The results will guide the development of a larger province-wide study that would inform training and competency development for personal support workers.

Authors: Denton, M., Brookman, C., Zeytinoglu, I., Plenderlieth, J., Ducak

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Developing Training Modules for Foreign Trained Health Professionals and Unregulated Health Workers

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About this Article: This article describes a research project that designed and tested e-learning modules for newly employed internationally trained health workers who have little or no experience with the Canadian public health system and whose first language may not be English. The modules introduce the Canadian health care system and how and where public health fits into it. Best practices for developing web based learning modules for those with low levels of English literacy, and lessons learned from pilot testing of the modules are provided.

Authors: Maureen Cava and Heather Parker

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