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Choosing Wisely for Better Care

Lee Fairclough and Dr. Wendy Levinson

Health care quality is defined as a health system that is safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient, and equitable and the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign aligns with these goals.

Delivering high-quality care is about more than just appropriately providing care to those who require it in an equitable and safe fashion. It is also about not providing treatments, procedures or tests that are deemed to be unnecessary, or potentially harmful to patients.

Quality Improvement Plans Having an Impact

Lee Fairclough

We would like to congratulate the more than 1000 healthcare organizations who submitted their Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs) for 2017/18

These plans and the recently published reports documenting work over the previous year are not only tangible evidence of the growing quality care culture in Ontario, they also deserve careful review because they show how specific organizations in the various sectors are translating the principles of quality care to make real change at the community level. The lessons and successes from these organizations can benefit others

Improving Safety and Quality for Surgery Patients

Dr. Tim Jackson

During their time in the operating room and in the days of recovery that follow, surgical patients are vulnerable and their safety is of prime importance. It should come as no surprise then that health organizations and providers in Ontario have turned to a proven program of data gathering, program enhancements and culture change to improve the quality of the care they provide to surgery patients.

Learning from Payment Reforms to Improve Quality

Dr. Irfan Dhalla

It has long been recognized that how we pay for health care in Canada has resulted in a system that does not appropriately incentivize high-quality care along many of its six domains of quality.

ARTIC: Bringing Innovation in from the Cold

Dr. Joshua Tepper

“When it comes to moving health care practices forward efficiently, Canada is a country of perpetual pilot projects. We seldom move proven projects into stable, funded programs, and we rarely transfer the outcomes of pilot projects across jurisdictions. This approach is not serving our health care system well.”

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