Evidence-based practice

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

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.
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