Limited access to psychiatrists for Francophone patients in Ontario hospitals

A study from the Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort shows a possible language barrier in mental health 

Ottawa, July 28, 2015 French-speaking Ontarians are about one-third as likely to have daily contact with psychiatrists within the first three days of their admission to mental health facilities in Ontario. 

This is the result of a study lead by Dr. Raymond Tempier (Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort / Hôpital Montfort / University of Ottawa), Mr. El Mostafa Bouattane (Hôpital Montfort) and Dr. John P. Hirdes (University of Waterloo) which was recently published in Healthcare Management Forum scientific journal.

The study, which analyzed about 270,000 admission assessments done on episodes of mental health service use in Ontario between 2005 and 2013, points to the possibility that language poses an important barrier to specific and highly specialized mental health services in Ontario – a barrier that is not explained by regional differences. 

The article is available online on the Healthcare Management Forum Web site:

Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone academic health care institution that provides quality care in both official languages and works with its partners to improve the health of communities.

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Dr. Tempier and Mr. Bouattane will be available for interviews about their research from Tuesday, August 4 to Friday, August 7, 2015.  

Information or interview request:
Department of communications
Hôpital Montfort
613-746-4621, extension 2049