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Early Psychosis Intervention Nova Scotia (EPINS)
Early comprehensive, stage specific treatment, provided by a specialized Early Psychosis program has been demonstrated to improve clinical and functional outcomes for young people aged 12-35 years experiencing the early stages of a psychotic disorder. In this...Read More
Ambulatory Medication Reconciliation, Renal Program: Clients and Family Participation and Benefits
Accreditation Canada recognizes ambulatory medication reconciliation (AmbMR) as a required organizational practice to enhance patient safety. In 2013, the nephrology clinic was the pilot site for AmbMR for the organization. Our team embraced this initiative as...Read More
Evolution of the Patient/Family Advisor Experience
In April 2015, nine district health authorities across Nova Scotia came together to become the Nova Scotia Health Authority. At that time, formal engagement with patients, families, and caregivers was happening independently across the province, and was not...Read More
Engaging Patients in the Use of the Ethics-Informed Decision Making Framework for Disclosure
Disclosure is the process by which a patient safety incident is communicated to the patient (or a group of patients, the public) by healthcare providers. The NSHA Disclosure Policy provides coordinated processes for disclosure of patient safety incidents to patients,...Read More
NSHA Patient Family Engagement in System Level Prospective Review
While the prospective review process itself is well recognized, the practice of including patients/families as full members of a system-wide prospective Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA) review team has not been previously established across a health care system....Read More
NSHA Patient and Family Stories
When patients and families share their stories, they offer wisdom from which we can learn and improve. Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Patient and Family Stories (herein after referred to as Patient Stories) feature provides staff with access to brief patient stories...Read More
Seniors LINCS Walk N’ Roll Program
The Seniors LINCS Walk N’ Roll Program is a collaborative effort led by the Seniors LINCS program in the Annapolis Valley in partnership with multiple municipal recreation departments and fitness facilities. Walk N’ Roll provides opportunities for frail seniors to...Read More
Client Centred Waitlist Management Model
The current submission is based on a continuous quality improvement initiative focused on timely and client-centered access to outpatient physiotherapy services in parts of Nova Scotia. The primary change involved in this initiative is that the physiotherapy...Read More
Dartmouth General Hospital (DGH) Inpatient Pressure Ulcer Team
NSHA and Accreditation Canada have identified pressure ulcer prevention as vital to improving the quality of care that we provide our patients. In 2013, patient audits at Dartmouth General Hospital (DGH) demonstrated a pressure ulcer incidence of 18%, which was...Read More
Eating Disorder Resource Nurses “EDRN”
The role of Eating Disorder Resource Nurse (EDRN) was self-created and implemented based on an identified need to address a lack of consistency in care, and minimal guidelines or direction to support, effectively working with the population of patients with an eating...Read More
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