Evidence-based practice

Better Together: Partnering with Families

Better Together: Partnering with Families is a North American campaign encouraging hospitals to review their visiting policies with a view to adopting family presence policies. Family presence enables patients to designate family members and loved ones who can stay by their side 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This approach creates a welcoming environment that enables family and caregivers to more fully participate in patient care by being present for physician rounds and helping with transitions in care.

Accessing Health And Health-Related Data in Canada

Canadians care deeply about health care — for themselves, their families, and their communities. Ensuring that the health-care system can deliver the best possible care depends fundamentally on research that is supported by high-quality data. Much of the data relevant to health research arise from interactions within the health system — every encounter with a physician, a pharmacist, a laboratory technician, or hospital staff generates data. In the last several years there has been an explosion in the sheer volume and variety of health data. In addition, advances in information technology are making available new ways to manage health data. Understanding the best ways to access, store, and govern these data is an important issue for Canada and Canadians.

Lessons From the Field - Promising Interprofessional Collaboration Practices

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in their commitment to building a Culture of Health in America, initiated a project entitled Identifying and Spreading Practices to Enable Effective Interprofessional Collaboration to better understand the role of interprofessional collaboration in advancing a Culture of Health. The results of this work are published in Lessons From the Field: Promising Interprofessional Collaboration Practices.

Physician Follow-Up After Hospital Discharge: Progress in Meeting Best Practices

Follow-up with a physician is important after hospitalization, but how many patients and physicians do this? This report takes a closer look at this issue and examines variation in follow-up rates. It also explores factors at the patient and system levels that might help explain the results.

Partnering in Self-Management Support: A Toolkit for Clinicians

Helping patients and families manage chronic conditions is an idea whose time has come. Self-management support is a central focus in the Institute of Medicine Crossing the Quality Chasm report and the patient-centered medical home, and is receiving increasing attention in the continuing education programs of professional organizations, with good reason.

Library of Resources for Heart Disease

The AHRQ Library of Resources for Heart Disease offers important research updates and educational information to help with the management of diseases and conditions.

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

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