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Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Healthcare Provider

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Dr. Marina Abdel Malak

is a Family Medicine Resident at the University of Toronto. She graduated and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and went on to study Medicine. She has a passion for medical education, patient empowerment, and increasing awareness about the relationship between mental, emotional, and physical health.

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Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation. Feelings of isolation, uncertainty, fatigue, and a loss of control have created stress among individuals across the world. Healthcare providers are in a position where they must balance their personal, familial, and work obligations during the pandemic. As frontline workers, healthcare providers are particularly vulnerable to the physical, mental, emotional, and social stressors encountered during crises. This can contribute to burn out, physical illnesses, and dissatisfaction. It is therefore essential that healthcare providers are supported in acknowledging and normalizing these feelings, and accessing resources to help them cope. To maintain social distancing and provide around-the-clock services, there are a variety of online resources available to support healthcare providers during this time. By utilizing various coping skills and seeking support, healthcare providers can protect their mental, emotional, physical, and social (MEPS) health during the COVID-19 situation.
Key Words: COVID-19, pandemic, wellness, physical health, resilience.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a level of uncertainty, fear, and distress across the world. Feelings of isolation, anxiety, and stress are normal during this time.
Healthcare providers are, in particular, are faced with difficult decisions and situations in the COVID-19 crisis. Balancing personal, familial, and work obligations can be extremely challenging.
Mental, emotional, physical, and social health (MEPS) are equally important. As healthcare providers, we cannot take care of others if we do not care for ourselves first.
Various resources are available to help healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Developing and utilizing a range of coping tools can promote MEPS health.
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Nocturia and Sleep Disorders

Nocturia and Sleep Disorders

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Dr. Colin M. Shapiro, MBBCh, PhD, MRCPsych, FRCPC,1 Co-author: Sharon A. Chung, PhD 2

1Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON.

2Youthdale Treatment Centres and Paediatric Sleep Research Inc., Toronto, ON.

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Abstract: Nocturia, or the condition where the patient wakes two or more times per night to void the bladder, is linked to a multiplicity of physical and mental health disorders. Whether causal or caused by these disorders, treatment of nocturia and the associated slow-wave sleep disruption is essential to avoid long-term health issues and increased mortality in the individual.
Key Words: nocturia, sleep, physical health, mental health, slow-wave sleep.

Nocturia is a condition that causes the patient to wake two or more times per night to void the bladder.
Nocturia results in a disruption of restorative slow-wave sleep.
Nocturia results in a disruption of restorative slow-wave sleep.
Desmopressin can prolong or even eliminate time to first awakening, thereby augmenting slow-wave sleep and the associated improved physical and mental health.
Nocturia is associated with a multiplicity of physical and mental disorders.
Nocturia is more prevalent in aging patients.
Physicians should include screening for sleep disorders , particularly in elderly patients who report waking twice or more per night to void the bladder.
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This article was published as part of THE LATEST IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF NOCTURIA eCME resource. The development of THE LATEST IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF NOCTURIA eCME resource was supported by an educational grant from Ferring Inc.

Identifying and Managing Caregiver Burden Among Spouses of Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Identifying and Managing Caregiver Burden Among Spouses of Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada may claim one non-certified credit per hour for this non-certified educational program.

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Kaitlyn Roland, MSc, Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC.
Andrew M. Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
Mary E. Jenkins, BSc(PT), BEd, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor of Neurology, Clinical Neurological Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Abstract
Burden is a psychological concept, a subjective interpretation by caregivers of the extent to which the caregiving experience impacts on one's health, social life, or financial status. In this article, we examine some of the predictors of caregiver burden, and look specifically at the burden experienced by caregivers of individuals with Parkinson's disease.
Keywords: Parkinson's disease, psychological health, physical health, caregiver burden