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Welcome to the Health Quality Ontario library of quality standards.

Search below to find all of our quality standards at various stages of development.

If you have questions, check out our frequently asked questions or contact QualityStandards@HQOntario.ca.


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Below are all of our current quality standards in their various stages of development.


 

Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia

Care for Patients in Hospitals and Residents in Long-Term Care Homes

Status: Final

This quality standard addresses care of behavioural symptoms for people living with dementia. It focuses on care for people who are in an emergency department, admitted to a hospital, or in a long-term care home.

 

Major Depression

Care for Adults and Adolescents

Status: Final

This quality standard addresses care for people who have major depression. It applies to adults and adolescents who have suspected major depression, and it considers all care settings. It does not apply to women with postpartum depression or to young children.

 

Schizophrenia

Care for Adults in Hospitals

Status: Final

This quality standard addresses care for people aged 18 years and older who have schizophrenia. It focuses on care for people who are in an emergency department or admitted to a hospital.

 

Heart Failure

Care in the Community

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses the diagnosis and management of heart failure in adults aged 18 years and older, with a focus on management in community and outpatient settings.

 

Low Back Pain

Care for People 18 Years of Age and Older

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for people who are 18 years of age and older and have persistent or recurrent low back pain, defined as mechanical back pain.

 

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Care for Adults and Adolescents of Reproductive Age

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for people of reproductive age who have heavy menstrual bleeding. It does not apply to people with non-menstrual bleeding or with heavy menstrual bleeding occurring within 3 months of a pregnancy, miscarriage, or abortion.

 

Hip Fracture

Care for People With Fragility Fractures

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for adults aged 50 years and older undergoing surgery for fragility hip fractures. Fragility fractures are fractures caused by low-energy trauma, such as falls from a standing height.

 

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Care for Patients in All Settings

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for people who have developed or are at risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer. It addresses all settings, including primary care, home and community care, long-term care, and acute care.

 

Venous Leg Ulcers

Care for Patients in All Settings

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for people who have developed or are at risk of developing a venous leg ulcer. It addresses all settings, including primary care, home and community care, long-term care, and acute care.

 

Pressure Injuries

Care for Patients in All Settings

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for people who have developed or are at risk of developing a pressure injury. It addresses all settings, including primary care, home and community care, long-term care, and acute care.

 

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

Care for People Who Have Had a Caesarean Birth and Are Planning Their Next Birth

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for people who have had a Caesarean birth and are planning their next birth. The quality standard focuses on care for people who are pregnant with one baby who is head-down and at full term.

 

Dementia

Care for People Living in the Community

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for community-dwelling people living with dementia (residing outside of long-term care homes and hospitals). It addresses care provided in the community, including primary care, hospital outpatient services, in-home services, and community support services.

 

Opioid Use Disorder

Care for People 16 Years of Age and Older

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for people 16 years of age or older (including those who are pregnant) who have or are suspected of having opioid use disorder. It applies to all services and care settings including correctional facilities.

 

Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

Care for Young Adults and Adults

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for young adults (ages 15–25) and adults (18+) who are considering or being prescribed opioids for chronic pain. It applies to all care settings. It does not apply when opioids are prescribed for palliative or end-of-life care.

 

Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain

Care for Young Adults and Adults

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for young adults (ages 15–25) and adults (18+) who are considering or being prescribed opioids for acute pain. It applies to all care settings. It does not apply when opioids are prescribed for palliative or end-of-life care.

 

Schizophrenia

Care in the Community

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on community-based care for people aged 18 years and older with schizophrenia. It addresses care provided in the community, including primary care, outpatient clinics and programs, rehabilitation, and community supports.

 

Palliative Care

Care for Adults With Progressive Life-Limiting Illness

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on palliative care for adults with progressive life-limiting illness, their families, and their caregivers. It addresses palliative care provided in all settings, including primary care, home and community care, hospice, long-term care, and acute care.

 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Care for Adults

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for adults who have or are suspected of having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though it applies to care in all settings, it focuses on primary care and community-based care.

 

Osteoarthritis

Care for Adults

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for adults (aged 18 years and older) who are suspected of having or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and hand joints. It includes all settings and care providers.

The following quality standards have been published as final.


 

Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia

Care for Patients in Hospitals and Residents in Long-Term Care Homes

Status: Final

This quality standard addresses care of behavioural symptoms for people living with dementia. It focuses on care for people who are in an emergency department, admitted to a hospital, or in a long-term care home.

 

Major Depression

Care for Adults and Adolescents

Status: Final

This quality standard addresses care for people who have major depression. It applies to adults and adolescents who have suspected major depression, and it considers all care settings. It does not apply to women with postpartum depression or to young children.

 

Schizophrenia

Care for Adults in Hospitals

Status: Final

This quality standard addresses care for people aged 18 years and older who have schizophrenia. It focuses on care for people who are in an emergency department or admitted to a hospital.

The following quality standards are currently under development.


 

Heart Failure

Care in the Community

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses the diagnosis and management of heart failure in adults aged 18 years and older, with a focus on management in community and outpatient settings.

 

Low Back Pain

Care for People 18 Years of Age and Older

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for people who are 18 years of age and older and have persistent or recurrent low back pain, defined as mechanical back pain.

 

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Care for Adults and Adolescents of Reproductive Age

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for people of reproductive age who have heavy menstrual bleeding. It does not apply to people with non-menstrual bleeding or with heavy menstrual bleeding occurring within 3 months of a pregnancy, miscarriage, or abortion.

 

Hip Fracture

Care for People With Fragility Fractures

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for adults aged 50 years and older undergoing surgery for fragility hip fractures. Fragility fractures are fractures caused by low-energy trauma, such as falls from a standing height.

 

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Care for Patients in All Settings

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for people who have developed or are at risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer. It addresses all settings, including primary care, home and community care, long-term care, and acute care.

 

Venous Leg Ulcers

Care for Patients in All Settings

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for people who have developed or are at risk of developing a venous leg ulcer. It addresses all settings, including primary care, home and community care, long-term care, and acute care.

 

Pressure Injuries

Care for Patients in All Settings

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for people who have developed or are at risk of developing a pressure injury. It addresses all settings, including primary care, home and community care, long-term care, and acute care.

 

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean

Care for People Who Have Had a Caesarean Birth and Are Planning Their Next Birth

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for people who have had a Caesarean birth and are planning their next birth. The quality standard focuses on care for people who are pregnant with one baby who is head-down and at full term.

 

Dementia

Care for People Living in the Community

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on care for community-dwelling people living with dementia (residing outside of long-term care homes and hospitals). It addresses care provided in the community, including primary care, hospital outpatient services, in-home services, and community support services.

 

Opioid Use Disorder

Care for People 16 Years of Age and Older

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for people 16 years of age or older (including those who are pregnant) who have or are suspected of having opioid use disorder. It applies to all services and care settings including correctional facilities.

 

Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

Care for Young Adults and Adults

In Development

This quality standard addresses care for young adults (ages 15–25) and adults (18+) who are considering or being prescribed opioids for chronic pain. It applies to all care settings. It does not apply when opioids are prescribed for palliative or end-of-life care.

 

Opioid-Prescribing-for-Acute-Pain

Care for Young Adults and Adults

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for young adults (ages 15–25) and adults (18+) who are considering or being prescribed opioids for acute pain. It applies to all care settings. It does not apply when opioids are prescribed for palliative or end-of-life care.

 

Schizophrenia

Care in the Community

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on community-based care for people aged 18 years and older with schizophrenia. It addresses care provided in the community, including primary care, outpatient clinics and programs, rehabilitation, and community supports.

 

Palliative Care

Care for Adults With Progressive Life-Limiting Illness

Status: In Development

This quality standard focuses on palliative care for adults with progressive life-limiting illness, their families, and their caregivers. It addresses palliative care provided in all settings, including primary care, home and community care, hospice, long-term care, and acute care.

 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Care for Adults

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for adults who have or are suspected of having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though it applies to care in all settings, it focuses on primary care and community-based care.

 

Osteoarthritis

Care for Adults

Status: In Development

This quality standard addresses care for adults (aged 18 years and older) who are suspected of having or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and hand joints. It includes all settings and care providers.

After a draft quality standard has been prepared, it is posted for a three-week consultation period to solicit feedback from organizations, physicians, patients, others with lived experience, and the public.


All feedback received is taken into consideration by an advisory committee before a quality standard is finalized.

 


No results

Topics for quality standards are identified through public suggestions, consultations with experts and emerging health issues.


The following topics have been approved and development is set to begin soon.

 


No results

Advisory Committee members represent perspectives and areas of expertise in specific topic areas. Open calls for committee members will be posted below for approximately two weeks.


Those interested in supporting the development of standards of care will be asked to fill in an application form and complete a conflict of interest statement.


 


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