Abhishek Gupta is a research and medical sub-intern at CAMH who graduated from the Windsor University School of Medicine
The controversial debate over cannabis legalization has concluded on an official level, legally placing the drug in the hands of the Canadian public. Very soon, anyone over the age of 19 will be able to walk into a store and obtain it for personal consumption.
For mental health professionals, some aspects of this decriminalization effort are appealing. Conventional marijuana is often laced with far more dangerous substances leading to highly dangerous health outcomes. Furthermore, individuals with substance abuse issues are more likely to seek professional help when the consequences of drug possession are milder. Much like needle exchange sites, this move towards legalization provides consumers with a safer alternative for addressing their cravings for cannabis. ...continue reading
Raquel Braga is a family doctor at Lagoa Family Health Unit, Matosinhos Local Health Unit, Portugal
The development of Primary Care in Portugal has been a success story. This is true not only in the last few years, with the reform of Primary Care, but since the foundation of the Portuguese National Health Service, thirty five years ago.
The Portuguese health system works well despite the economic crisis and dissatisfaction with delay in access to some types of care. The National Health Service in Portugal is based on Primary Care and we can see a progressive improvement in the quality of care given to our population, especially in the last two decades.
Despite the success of primary care within the national health system, research in Primary Care has a long way to go. There are many barriers and obstacles to overcome. Primary care settings produce interesting and useful research questions. Is this a paradox, or a consequence of too much hard work for family doctors in a country where a doctor who wants to do research is also a full-time clinician?
Vocational training in Family Medicine and General Practice is ...continue reading
Raquel Braga is a family doctor at Lagoa Family Health Unit, Matosinhos Local Health Unit, Portugal.
A massive 3761 participants from all over the world attended the 19th WONCA Europe Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, from July 2nd to 5th 2014, including 1203 young family doctors/GPs and 120 undergraduate students. The conference offered an interesting and stimulating programme, searching answers for pertinent questions that involve the activity of family doctors/general practitioners from different countries and contexts, looking to solve the daily problems of the present, and thinking about the future of this specialty.
Delegates could participate in five brilliant keynote lectures, 202 sessions, 100 workshops and 445 oral presentations as well as peruse 1041 posters.
I’m really proud to say that, although Portugal is overcoming a severe economic crisis, the event was magnificent and very well organized. ...continue reading