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Join a Quality Standards Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Health Quality Ontario strives to promote health care that is supported by the best available scientific evidence. One of the ways we do this is by producing quality standards.

Quality standards are concise sets of evidence-based recommendations designed to drive positive change within a particular area of health care.

Committee members will provide advice to support the development of standards of care focused on:


This quality standard will address areas that are identified as having high potential for improving the care and quality of life of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

It will focus on adults who present with suspected COPD in all settings of care (e.g. primary care and community base care, long-term care facilities, home care, acute care) and will include diagnosis and management of all disease stages of COPD, both as a stable chronic condition and its acute exacerbations.

The application period is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by email in March 2017.

If you have any further questions please send an e-mail to QualityStandards@HQOntario.ca.

This quality standard will address areas that are identified as having high potential for improving the care and quality of life of people living with osteoarthritis.

It will focus on adults who are suspected as having or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and hand joints in all settings (e.g. primary care and specialists’ offices, acute care (not including inpatient and surgical), emergency departments, rehabilitation hospitals and clinics, sports medicine clinics, and community services and programs). This quality standard will include the assessment, diagnosis and management (including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions), but will exclude surgical procedures (e.g. joint replacement, arthroscopy).

The application period is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by email in March 2017.

If you have any further questions please send an e-mail to QualityStandards@HQOntario.ca.


We welcome applications from the following people from across Ontario:

  • Patients

  • Family members

  • Informal caregivers

  • Health care professionals

  • Administrators

  • Researchers


Successful applicants will:

  • Be available to participate in three to five meetings in Toronto over an 8 to 12 month period;

  • Review evidence, guidelines, and publications (provided by Health Quality Ontario) related to the defined patient population;

  • Identify and prioritize areas for recommendation development, based on where the greatest opportunities for improvement exist in Ontario;

  • Review and advise on the development of recommendations and quality indicators;

  • Once the quality standard is developed, facilitate its uptake and adoption.


If you have any further questions please send an e-mail to QualityStandards@hqontario.ca.


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