Patient and community education
Patient and community education
Our Markham and Uxbridge sites are dedicated to providing educational classes to help you manage health conditions and be a well-informed patient. We offer the following educational programs:
- P.A.R.T.Y program: Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth
- Adult Diabetes Education Centre
- Asthma Education Centre
- Childbirth classes
- Drug information sheets from UHN Patient Education & Engagement
- Drug Interaction Tool, University of Pennsylvania Health System (US)
This tool allows you to check interactions between medications and what possible unwanted side effects would include. This is information only and should not be used for any medical emergency or take the place of a health care provider consultation.
- Drugs and supplments, Mayo Clinic (US)
An American Web site providing information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications is provided. Please remember that drug information from an American source may not apply or may be different in Canada.
- Drugs, herbs and supplements, MedicinePlus (US)
Browse and learn about prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines from the AHFS®. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. Also browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions.
- Herbal Database and Interaction Checking Tool, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Herbal database created by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the US that can be used to check for herbal interactions for various medications, including chemotherapy agents.
Information about heart health
- Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Links to patient education resources are provided to the community to help inform patients and their caregivers about their cardiovascular health.
- Thrombosis Canada
Provides information for patients and family about conditions related to clots – including patient information sheets, drug information sheets, various videos for patients and more.
Information about diabetes
- Diabetes Canada
Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada represent the best and most current evidence-based clinical practice data for health-care professionals and resources for patients.
Information about chemotherapy
- Cancer Drug Formulary, Cancer Care Ontario
CCO's Drug Formulary has information for healthcare providers and patients on many cancer drugs approved for use in Ontario as well as cancer drug regimens. These drug information sheets should be accompanied by verbal instruction from a health care professional, as not all the information may be applicable to patients under their specific circumstances.
Information about medications in children
AboutKidsHealth is a health education website for children, youth and their caregivers. Use the search function to view information about medications (in various languages) and conditions
Information from Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Clear, reliable health information about mental illness and addiction through the Center for Addiction and Mental (CAMH). Allows user to view information on medications and various mental health conditions.
Other useful medication-related resources
- What is Deprescribing?
Deprescribing.org is a website for information and tools to help patients and providers participate in deprescribing. It has information about ongoing and completed deprescribing initiative and research projects in Canada. The goal of deprescribing is to reduce medication burden and maintain or improve quality of life by optimizing medication through targeted deprescribing to manage chronic conditions, avoid adverse effects and improve outcomes.
- Opioid Stewardship
This ISMP webpage showcases Opioid Stewardship, the coordinate interventions designed to improve, monitor and evaluate the use of opioids in order to support and protect patients. This website has been developed to help the public and health care practitioners become better informed about opioids and to help reduce and prevent harm.
- Ontario Drug Program
This tool is intended to help you access information on Canadian prescription and over-the-counter drugs and if they are covered.
Educational events in our community
We are proud to provide our community with information that supports them in leading healthy, active lives. We want to help prevent injuries and support mental health and conditions that may affect their day-to-day lives. Here are some of the events we provided this year:
- Joint health information session – information about healthy knee and hip joints, exercises and tips for an active lifestyle, and how to manage chronic joint pain
- Mental health events – educational day focused on mental health and addictions including opioids and marijuana; we also supported women’s health with an event about hormones and mental health
- Adult diabetes sessions – information about how to live with diabetes, including label reading, heart health and resistance exercises, with some sessions in Cantonese, Urdu and Hindi
- Swan Lake seniors’ residential events – presentations about cardiac health and men’s health
- Pregnancy and beyond sessions – information on how to stay healthy during pregnancy, how to select a childbirth care provider and how to care for newborns
Cornell Community Centre and library
Located along the east edge of our Markham site on Bur Oak Avenue at Church Street (and physically attached to the Markham site), Cornell Community Centre boasts an array of unique features promoting education, community, fitness, inclusion and accessibility.
This includes a library with books, magazines and other resources, children and youth sections and study rooms.
We also have the Markham Stouffville Hospital Library where you can access scientific journals and other publications to help you make informed decisions about your care.