Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) is being increasingly recognized as an essential element of medical practice. The CanMEDS roles within the postgraduate educational frameworks of the Royal College and the College of Family Physicians now recognized QI competencies. Hospitals across the Hamilton region are actively deploying QI systems and interventions within their organizations. There are provincial tables for QI discussions. There is legislation in Ontario mandating hospitals to undertake QI projects (ECFAA/QIP)
Despite this, there no longer exist local conferences aimed at expanding QI knowledge or showcasing QI scholarship since the shuttering of Health Quality Ontario and the end of the Health Quality Transformation conference. As such, there is a unique space to be filled to meet these community needs within the Hamilton basin.
Overall Learning Objectives:
Identify that the improvement domain of Equity is an underserved domain within QI and develop an action plan to move forward.
Describe and utilize some of the core principles of QI science (Is this project amenable to a QI approach? and Data visualization in QI).
Apply knowledge from other improvement domains to augment QI as a broader clinical improvement science.