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Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SK): Jignesh Padia, Tim Deters, Suzanne Dallorto.


Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SK)

  • Jignesh Padia, Risk Management Coordinator, Quality, Safety and Risk, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Tim Deters, Quality Improvement Consultant, Quality, Safety and Risk, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Suzanne Dallorto, Quality Improvement Consultant, Quality, Safety and Risk, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Regina, Saskatchewan

Enabling leadership: An integrated approach to quality, safety and risk

Healthcare professionals have long attempted to clearly understand and benefit from the apparent interrelationship that quality improvement and organizational risk management have on patient safety, yet implementation of an integrated approach has remained elusive. This improvement project will provide a practical approach that healthcare leaders can use to improve patient outcomes, reduce errors, enhance the efficiency of decision making, and develop timely solutions to problems through an integrated quality, risk and patient safety framework. It will also help to create a community of practice, which will improve leadership capacity through development of expertise and sharing of knowledge.

The project team will use research evidence and documented inter-disciplinary best practices to develop an actionable framework, which will create a straightforward, cohesive approach to the resolution of identified risks and quality improvement problems. The framework will clearly describe steps required to analyze and document underlying contributing factors as well as outline the process to identify trends and prioritize and institute improvement opportunities. The result will be an appropriate, effective approach to problem resolution for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The framework will be shared widely with other health regions and healthcare organizations throughout the province of Saskatchewan, with the goal of creating a standard approach to quality improvement and organizational risk management for the rest of Canada to follow.