Latest News: Congratulations to Dr. Joanne Goldman, Royal College Medical Education Research Grant Recipient for 2016

Congratulations to our Research Education Lead, Dr. Joanne Goldman for receiving a 2016 Royal College Medical Education Research Grant for her study entitled: "A case study of advanced post-licensure quality improvement and patient safety education."  This grant supports quality research in postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development involving Royal College Fellows.

You can find more about her study at: 

Latest News: Congratulations to Dr. Kaveh Shojania and BMJ team for increase in the Impact Factor of the BMJ Quality and Safety Journal

Congratulations to our Director, Dr. Kaveh Shojania (Editor-in-chief, BMJ Quality & Safety) and the members of his editorial board.

The Impact Factor of the BMJ Quality and Safety Journal has increased progressively in the last couple of years. The Impact Factor of this journal, just released on June 14, 2016, is now 4.996. During Dr. Kaveh Shojania’s tenure as editor, the journal’s impact factor has increased each year, from 1.6 in 2012, 3.988 in 2015 to its most recent value of 4.996.


Featured in the news: BMJ Study on medical error as third cause of US deaths criticized as 'precarious' by Dr. Kaveh Shojania and Mary Dixon-Woods

"Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US" a recent study by Dr. Martin Makary (Professor at the Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore) and Michael Daniel (Research Fellow) received a critical response by BMJ Editors, Dr. Kaveh Shojania (CQuIPS Director) and Mary Dixon-Woods (Professor of Health Services Research, Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research). Their response said that the results came from a flawed, informal methodology and the analysis’s methodology was “precarious”. The article was featured in a leading newspaper, The Guardian. Click here to read the full article.

Viewpoint published in JAMA by C-QuIPS Director, Kaveh Shojania, along with Drs Tejal Gandhi and Donald Berwick

This Viewpoint published in JAMA by C-QuIPS Director, Kaveh Shojania, along with Drs Tejal Gandhi (President of the US National Patient Safety Foundation) and Donald Berwick (Founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement) summarizes the views of an international group of experts convened last year to review the progress in the field of patient safety and develop recommendations for moving forward.

The JAMA viewpoint outlines the 8 recommendations developed and presented in greater detail in the full NPSF report. In the 15 years since the landmark "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System" report and new research that finds medical errors are the nation's third-leading cause of death, patient safety stands at a crossroads, according to a commentary published in JAMA.

The 8 recommendations necessary to achieve total systems safety include: ensuring that leaders establish and maintain a safety culture, partnering with patients, supporting the healthcare workforce, and ensuring that healthcare information technology is optimized to improve patient safety, among others.

The authors argue hospitals' boards, leaders, regulators and managers must all possess foundational education in patient safety science, with the education based on evidence-based best practices. Rather than simply discussing patient safety, leaders must zero in on specific strategies they can apply across the healthcare system.

The process of creating a safety culture must also involve practical day-to-day strategies, from formal agreements about roles and responsibilities to safety huddles to the use of patient stories in board meetings.

Don't miss the incredible opportunity to attend HQO Quality Rounds with Dr. Wendy Levinson on March 22, 2016

Health Quality Ontario hosts a monthly series of educational sessions to provide opportunities for the quality improvement community to connect, share ideas and foster knowledge exchange. These sessions, which are held all across the province, address current, pertinent issues in health quality improvement.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to hear Dr. Wendy Levinson speak about the Choosing Wisely Canada: from national movement to local action on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Learning objectives of her presentation include:

1) Appreciate the epidemic of overuse in the healthcare system

2) Become familiar with Choosing Wisely Canada

3) Learn how you can get involved

For more information about the speaker and the location of these rounds, please click here.