Researcher on Call: Public Reporting on the Quality of Healthcare—Emerging Evidence on Promising Practices for Effective Reporting

by Gary Teare & Maura Davies | Nov 26, 2008
November 26, 2008
English only

Across Canada, many health organizations are still at the very early stages of selecting, measuring and reporting on the quality of their care, especially in ways that are credible and transparent to the public. During this session, guest speakers Maura Davies and Gary Teare will discuss how important it is for health system leaders and professionals to demonstrate timely, meaningful ways to "account" for the quality and safety of their care. They will also discuss the challenges of navigating the fundamental culture shift that must occur if organizations and health providers are to become fully transparent and accountable.

The presentation included information regarding the following items:

  • Pathways to improving performance through public reporting of performance data
  • Summary of research on impact of public reporting of performance data
  • Conceptual map of a public reporting program

Featured Speakers

Gary Teare joined the Health Quality Council in January 2005 as Director of Quality Measurement and Analysis.

Before moving to Saskatchewan, he was a scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto (Dept. of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation), Adjunct Professor at University of Saskatchewan (Dept. of Community Health and Epidemiology) and is Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, in Toronto.

Gary's research has focused on healthcare performance measurement and reporting and on organizational learning, particularly in the continuing care sector. He was principal investigator for the Ontario Hospital Report for Complex Continuing Care, a publicly reported balanced scorecard for the hospital-based continuing care sector in Ontario. At the Health Quality Council, Gary leads a team of researchers and analysts in measuring and publicly reporting on the quality of healthcare in Saskatchewan and in evaluating the Council's quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Teare earned graduate degrees in Epidemiology (Doctor of Philosophy, University of Guelph) and in Immunology (Master of Science, University of Toronto) and a professional degree (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Guelph).

Maura Davies is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatoon Health Region.

Maura has over 35 years' experience in healthcare as a clinical dietitian, educator, and senior executive.

Maura has bachelor degrees in science and education and a master's degree in health services administration. She is a fellow of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and a surveyor for Accreditation Canada. Maura is a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. She holds a part-time faculty appointment in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan.

In 2007 Maura was selected by Saskatchewan Business Magazine as one of the province's Top10 Women of Influence, and one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network.

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