Evidence-based practice

An evidence-based evaluation & discussion tool for Ontario hospital JHSCs

Why is this study important?

Investigations related to the 2003 SARS outbreak raised concerns regarding the function and effectiveness of hospital Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSCs). Most Ontario workplaces with more than 20 employees are legally required to have a JHSC.

What was the goal of the study?

To create and pilot test an evidence-driven assessment tool that JHSCs, employers and policy-makers can use to evaluate various JHSC functions and characteristics, and help improve JHSC effectiveness.

Report Highlights Best Practices in Seniors' Home Care

Evidence-based lessons and objectives for improving B.C. seniors’ home care are outlined in a new report that summarizes best practices from around the world.

The report synthesizes findings from an international forum on home care convened in January by MSFHR and the B.C. Ministry of Health. Six international experts were invited to Vancouver to speak about home care practice in their respective countries, offering an important opportunity for BC policy-makers and researchers to learn how other jurisdictions are providing sustainable home care for seniors.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence (SCIRE)

Outcome Measures Toolkit

  • a standardized set of outcome measures for use in SCI clinical practice
  • consists of 33 measures that have been psychometrically validated with an SCI sample
  • developed through consensus method using a 3-round online Delphi survey with a pan-Canadian panel of 63 experts with experience in SCI clinical practice

Educational Modules

Preeclampsia Toolkit

The CMQCC Preeclampsia Task Force, a multidisciplinary committee of experts co-chaired by Maurice Druzin, MD, Laurence Shields, MD and Nancy Peterson, RNC, PNNP has developed a Toolkit for health care providers who care for women during the prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods. The Toolkit was extensively researched and included peer review and consensus among experts from around the state on best practices for early recognition, diagnosis, treatment and management of preeclampsia. A highlight is the identification of "triggers" or clinical warning signs that require immediate evaluation and communication with the provider, whether in the prenatal clinic, the emergency room, labor & delivery or postpartum.

The surprising science behind evidence-based hospital design

Rahel Yetbarek sits with her feet up, looking out onto the city and the large swath of treed land that surrounds the freeway below her. The nurse is taking in the view over her lunch break, from the 10th floor rooftop garden at Bridgepoint, a Toronto hospital. Nearby, a few patients do the same. The drone of the highway in the background doesn’t detract from the peacefulness she gets from coming up here.

“I love the view, especially the bridge,” she says, referring to the Bloor Street viaduct. “It’s quiet, relaxing. Most of the time I come here, to read, to eat lunch. At night the view is excellent too.”

Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy

There’s simply no taking the politics out of the policy where Canadian healthcare is concerned — that’s probably one truism everyone can agree on. Debate on healthcare reform has been nothing less than an ideological turf war for decades in this country, and neither side seems to hold a magical formula for breaking what has become a tiresome and tedious deadlock between “private” and “public” health camps. “Frozen in Time” is how public health reporter André Picard describes our health system in his 2012 Conference Board of Canada Scholar-In-Residence Lecture.

Patient and Family-Centred Care toolkit

Bringing together patients and staff to transform health care
In the aftermath of the Francis Inquiry there emerged a national focus on ‘putting patients at the centre of decision-making’. This has translated into a marked appetite across health care to improve quality and patients’ experience. But finding a clear, practical method of taking this forward is not always easy.

Do Health Impact Assessments Make a Difference?

HIAs provide decision-makers an opportunity to minimize health risks and enhance health benefits, allowing for informed decisions related to agriculture, transportation, housing, education, land use, and energy.

Health impact assessments (HIAs) are evidence-based analyses that predict health benefits and risks of proposed laws, regulations, programs, and projects.

Evaluation Resources for Assessing HIT Systems and HIT Implementation, Adoption and Use

With the large investments required for health IT projects, stakeholders are increasingly demanding to know what the actual value of these projects has been, or will be. Evaluations allow us to determine whether or not what one has set out to accomplish has been accomplished, and to help us to understand what has worked in a given project and what has not. Lessons that emerge from evaluations help to guide both your team, as well as others, in their approach to projects in the future. Evaluations must therefore be an integral part of any health IT project.” (AHRQ Health IT Evaluation Toolkit)

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