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Patient- and family-centred care (PFCC) is about collaboratively providing health care and services that are responsive to the needs, values, and preferences of patients and their families. In 2016-2017, there were more than 620 opportunities for patients and families in Saskatchewan to share their experiences and to contribute to improving our health system.
Physician participants in Saskatchewan’s new Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) gathered together earlier this month for an inspiring two-day workshop, which marked the first face-to-face session in the program. The participants, along with CQIP faculty and Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC) representatives, met in Saskatoon for two days – April 7 and April 8 – to focus on three key workshop themes: building a learning community, starting a clinical quality improvement project, and working with teams.
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with provincial partners, announced on April 18 a combined investment of $63 million in funding and in-kind contributions for the launch of the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR). SCPOR is a partnership of provincial organizations that provides resources and education in support of patient-oriented research to improve health care for the people of Saskatchewan.
Up to 30 per cent of selected medical tests, treatments and procedures in Canada are potentially unnecessary, a new national report reveals. The report, entitled Unnecessary Care in Canada, was released by Choosing Wisely Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on April 6. The report, based on administrative data, includes measurements on the extent of unnecessary care associated with tests and procedures that span the health system, and also identifies factors that might help to reduce instances of unnecessary care.
My project is about developing clinical pathways in pediatric practice. Clinical pathways standardize care for common clinical conditions. Despite the available evidence, there is considerable variation in the management of common pediatric problems.
I will be focusing on how to reduce frequency of patient visits to the ER for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) exacerbations. To achieve this, I hope to implement a treatment protocol that will ensure that patients will get multiple facets of COPD management addressed on one ER visit and hopefully negate further exacerbations.
Health care safety is an important issue in Canada. In October 2016, Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals – a report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) – showed that in 2014-2015 harm was experienced by patients in one of every 18 hospital stays. Of those 138,000 hospitalizations, 30,000 involved more than one form of harm.
My project will focus on increasing HIV testing and improving connection to treatment and primary care for people living with HIV in our region. The improvement idea is to increase HIV testing of patients at all points of contact in our region. Anecdotally, we have heard that care providers continue to use risk-based testing and are hesitant to test for HIV in settings where they would not be involved in follow up – for example, in ER or through specialists.
Antimicrobial stewardship and quality improvement are parallel concepts targeting appropriateness of care and the optimization of patient safety. As the Saskatoon Health Region’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Physician Lead, I strive to enhance my knowledge of quality improvement methodology. I am excited to be a part of the Clinical Quality Improvement Program’s inaugural cohort of physicians. Through this mentorship-based program, I will be equipped with the theory and tools needed to implement successful health care improvement.
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