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Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care

Ontario’s long-term care sector is committed to a culture of ongoing quality improvement to meet the evolving, complex needs of the tens of thousands of residents living in long-term care homes across the province. Health Quality Ontario and the long-term care sector work together to spark improvement by connecting researchers, physicians, care teams and residents. They share data and best practices and foster knowledge exchange that helps improve the experience and outcomes for residents.


Focusing on Long-Term Care Prescribing Practices

A focus of quality improvement in long-term care is related to the use of anti-psychotic medications. Through collaborative knowledge and experience, reports and resources have been created to support long-term care facilities build knowledge and make improvement in this area:

  • Looking for Balance, a health system report by Health Quality Ontario about antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes

  • The Appropriate Prescribing Demonstration Project, an educational program to support best practices in prescribing. It is conducted by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Ontario Medical Association in collaboration with Health Quality Ontario and the Centre for Effective Practice

  • Long-term Care Practice Reports, giving long-term care providers data about their practices compared to what is happening regionally and provincially

  • Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to help physicians and patients have conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures

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Quality Improvement Tools and Resources

Search the library of quality improvement tools and resources.

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Long-Term Care Practice Reports

Providing customized and contextualized data to physicians in the long-term care sector

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Long-Term Care Performance

Find out how long-term care in Ontario is performing

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Long-Term Care Quality Improvement Plan Report

Read the long-term care Quality Improvement Plan report that summarizes long-term care Quality Improvement Plans across the province

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Antipsychotic Medication Report: Looking for Balance

Read how antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes

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