Healthcare teams describe innovative projects to MPs in Ottawa
OTTAWA, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ – Teams of Canadian healthcare improvement
leaders, supported by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare
Improvement (CFHI), along with patient and community representatives,
fanned out across Ottawa this week to describe to Parliamentarians how
they are improving the patient experience and reducing the costs of
care in their respective constituencies across the country.
Hill Day, facilitated by CFHI, involved 16 teams from eight provinces meeting with almost 30 federal
MPs and senators to share results and successes of improvement
initiatives focusing on key healthcare issues facing Canadians. The
projects, funded by CFHI’s Patient Engagement Project (PEP) and
Executive Training for Healthcare Improvement (EXTRA) programs, are an
important part of CFHI’s mission and mandate to improve the quality of
care for patients while lowering costs of healthcare services.
The PEP initiative supports health leaders who are involving patients in decisions about
service design and delivery of healthcare or increasing patients’
capacity for engaging more meaningfully in decision-making.
One project, at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH),
involved patients with schizophrenia working with staff to improve
education and shift perspectives, particularly after clients are
discharged, recovering and getting on with their lives. The project
engaged ten former clients, who were trained them to share stories with
staff about their life experiences within and outside of care. The
approach worked and valuable lessons emerged from the experience for
both staff and clients.
CFHI’s elite EXTRA training program gives high-calibre interprofessional healthcare teams the skills and
knowledge to become change agents in their organizations and regions.
Teams work with prestigious mentors to further CFHI’s goals to enhance
patient outcomes, quality of care and cost effectiveness.
One EXTRA team addressed Manitoba’s dialysis use – the highest in
Canada. The Winnipeg Region Health Authority (WRHA) encourages the use
of home dialysis as it provides patients with better outcomes and
reduces costs. However, home dialysis was declining as a preferred
option in the province. The EXTRA team, together with the Manitoba
Renal Health Authority, produced dramatic results in the use of home
dialysis: up 28 percent since 2007, saving the province $3.2 million.
“All across Canada, these hard-working individuals have been able to
successfully incorporate the patient voice and research-based evidence
into the decision-making process,” said Maureen O’Neil, CFHI President. “They have effected meaningful change at the local level and these
meetings are an opportunity to showcase the importance and success of
Further discussions and tours of healthcare facilities are expected to
take place this summer, when Parliamentarians are in their respective
constituencies. This week’s event follows on the success of CFHI’s Hill
Day in 2012, where, in some instances, meetings between PEP teams and
MPs resulted in officials acting as grassroots champions for the
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to healthcare improvement
and transformation for Canadians and is funded through an agreement
with the Government of Canada. CFHI collaborates with governments,
policy-makers, and health system leaders to convert evidence and
innovative practices into actionable policies, programs, tools and
SOURCE Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
Image with caption: “”Hill day was a fantastic opportunity for our MPs to learn about the real results and improvements taking place in our local healthcare facilities — projects now spreading across BC and nationally.” – David Thompson, Vice President, Seniors Care and Clinical Support Services, Providence Health Care, BC (CNW Group/Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130529_C3153_PHOTO_EN_27236.jpg