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Improving Care Together
St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s), a multi-site health care organization, recognizes the importance of welcoming patients and families as full partners in the delivery, design, measurement and improvement of care. Guided by a Care Partnership Framework...Read More
Minimizing Harmful Coercive Practices in Mental Health Using Patient Engagement and Human Rights
Within mental healthcare, coercive practices are those that restrict freedom and force interventions to immediately de-escalate potential crisis. It is rare to find such practices elsewhere, yet they are common in mental healthcare (namely the use of restraints and...Read More
Critical Care Indicator Flagging Program
We leveraged our current Meditech system and developed a system whereby patients encountering our hospital would be flagged at registration if they had one or more of the following: Antibiotic Resistant Organisms, Specialized Care Plans and History of Violence. The...Read More
Partnerships in Care
The Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (BCMHA) is a tertiary care facility for adults with the most severe and complex concurrent disorders across BC. People with concurrent disorders in BC are highly marginalized, often living with other challenges that...Read More
Achieving Exceptional Service Experience with Design Thinking
Utilizing Design Thinking, the team addressed the challenge of “How might we provide an exceptional service experience to our clients across their entire journey within our Public Health Unit?” Initial research included user satisfaction surveys (telephone and paper)...Read More
Building and Working with a Peer Advisory Council Using Harm Reduction/Substance Use Data to Address Client Needs and Direct Public Health Action
A two phased project. In phase one, a comprehensive survey was developed and offered to PWUD (People Who Use Drugs) using simple recruitment strategies and an honorarium. The goal was to see if PWUD were offered the right services at the right time and place. Was...Read More
Community Access Program: An Individualized Approach
Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre provides residence and services to 217 adults with cognitive impairment, physical, intellectual, developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, and social challenges in rural Western Nova Scotia. Clients identified a need to...Read More
Emergency Room Outreach
The Emergency Room Outreach (ERO) program is located within Alberta Children’s Hospital emergency department alongside the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) team. ERO is operated in partnership between Wood’s Homes and Alberta Health Services (AHS). AHS foundthat...Read More
Collaborative Development of a Teach-Back Training Program
To participate in their own healthcare, people need skills to manage their conditions, navigate the system and make care decisions. Yet many Canadians have low health literacy or may experience gaps in communication with their healthcare teams. Care transitions and...Read More
Family Engagement & Co-design in Measuring & Monitoring Safety
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is strategically committed to a culture of safety and the philosophy of patient and family centred care. Patient and staff safety, and continuous improvement, are fundamental in everyday work. This project serves to promote safe...Read More
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A Leading Practice is an innovative, people-centred, evidence-informed practice that has been implemented by teams in an organization. The leading practice has demonstrated a positive change related to safe and reliable care/service, accessible and appropriate care/service, and/or integrated care/service.
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