Patient Education

A guide for finding easy to understand and trustworthy health information.

Changes to Organ and Tissue Donation in Nova Scotia

In April 2019, the Government of Nova Scotia passed the new Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act

Starting Jan. 18, 2021, people who do not record a decision on their health card, and are eligible, will be seen as agreeing to be a donor after death. This is referred to as deemed consent. These changes will make it possible for more Nova Scotians to donate their organs and tissues at the time of their death. To learn more about organ and tissue donation, please visit Legacy of Life

If you have questions about organ donation, please contact LegacyofLife@nshealth.ca or call 902-473-5523 or (toll-free) 1-877-841-3929.

If you have questions about tissue donation, please contact the tissue bank at 902-473-4171 or (toll-free) 1-800-314-6515.

Where to Look for Health Information

Here are some trustworthy places to look for health information. The blue COVID-19 flag COVID-19 means it also has up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In-depth Info on Health Topics

For more detailed health info you can trust:

  • COVID-19 Cochrane Summaries - Plain language look at all research studies on a specific health topic
  • COVID-19 Healthy Debate - Find health info and discuss Canada's health care systems
  • Health Evidence™ - Find systematic reviews on public health issues

Trusting Health Information

How do you know what to look for when you search for good health information?

It can be tough to find information you can trust online. Asking yourself these questions can help you decide if you can trust the information or not:

  • Where is the information is coming from? Who is sponsoring the website? Is it a paid ad?
  • When was the website was last updated?
  • Does the website present facts, or opinions?
  • Who was the information written for?

Understanding Health Lingo

Sometimes your health care team may use words or terms that you are not familiar with. These websites can help you learn what it is they mean.