An International Evidence-based Social Service Model: Housing First (HF)

Housing First (originally Pathways to Housing as first implemented and evaluated in New York City) has become an international model for learning about evidence-based practice in social services. It has been implemented and evaluated in many countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Finland and the list continues to grow. A major HF … More An International Evidence-based Social Service Model: Housing First (HF)

The Social Costs of Population Ageing: Is health care for older populations sustainable?

Public discourse in recent years has been dominated by doom and gloom predictions that the social costs of ageing populations are like a tsunami which will engorge the health and pension systems in North America and Europe. We are told that our systems are unsustainable, that countries will go bankrupt if they don’t reduce their … More The Social Costs of Population Ageing: Is health care for older populations sustainable?

Evaluation: How effective is exercise as a treatment for depression?

The following information is summarized from the Cochrane Collaboration review of evaluations of programs using exercise as a treatment for depression. (You may find the results a bit depressing.) This review of evaluations which met the criteria to be included (high-quality trials using randomized processes for inclusion and control) sought to determine if exercise helps … More Evaluation: How effective is exercise as a treatment for depression?