HQC is helping make health care better and safer for patients

Here’s a quick overview of the different ways we’re accelerating quality improvement in this province's health system.

Reducing waits in emergency and improving patient flow

There is compelling evidence that hospital overcrowding is one of the main reasons for long wait times in emergency. The Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow Initiative aims to shorten waits in emergency departments by improving how patients move through hospitals and other parts of the health system.

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Ensuring patients get appropriate care

Several factors contribute to inappropriate care, including availability of services, access to care, variation in physician practices, and lack of definitive evidence upon which physicians can base decisions about testing and treatment. The Provincial Appropriateness of Care Program encompasses projects to improve care where evidence suggests there may be inappropriate care or unjustified variation in care delivery.

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Choosing Wisely Saskatchewan

Part of the larger Choosing Wisely Canada campaign, this initiative aims to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments, and make smart choices to ensure high-quality health care. HQC is coordinating the provincial campaign, working in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Medical Association, the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine, and the provincial Appropriateness of Care Program.

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Engaging patient and families as partners

Our goal is to create a health care system that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among providers, patients, and families at all levels. We are working with our health system partners to increase the number of opportunities for patients and family members to be involved in improving care as advisors or research partners.

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Learning programs for health care staff

Saskatchewan has learning pathways for people working at all levels in the health care system. HQC offers a variety of learning programs that support these pathways – including the Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP), Lean Improvement Leader’s Training (LILT), and QI Power Hour.

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Learning networks

Saskatchewan has a number of learning networks that help support and advance quality improvement in the province’s health care system. The Kaizen Network links improvement leaders and specialists for learning and sharing, while the Measurement Network connects individuals focused on measuring and reporting on health system performance. The provincial Appropriateness of Care Network is intended to coordinate the work going on around the province to improve appropriateness of health care.

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Research partnerships

A key part of our strategy to accelerate improvement in Saskatchewan’s health care system is to develop new knowledge through measurement and original research. We are collaborating with other organizations and cultivating valuable research partnerships in the areas of patient-oriented research, and drug utilization, safety, and effectiveness.

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How our health care system is doing

As part of our provincial role in measurement and reporting, we are helping our health system partners develop a framework that will improve our understanding of the factors that contribute to, or detract from, delivering high-quality care. HQC also continues to support the system with patient surveying in various care settings. 

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