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Demonstration Projects


Patients Canada Demonstration Project

Patients Canada partnered with OSSU to advance patient-oriented research in Ontario by:

  • bringing the patient/caregiver perspective as full partners to already established research teams;
  • building planning and evaluation tools for patient engagement;
  • creating a patient-led research project, Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Emergency Departments (PROM-ED), to develop key performance targets for hospital emergency departments; and,
  • collaborating on several IMPACT Award projects.

Patients Canada is a patient-led and governed organization that promotes patient participation in the development and delivery of health services to improve the overall health care experience for patients.


Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) Demonstration Project

Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Demonstration Project Final Report: Ensuring Quality in the Implementation of Quality Based Procedures – Stroke (EQUIP-Stroke)

The EQUIP-Stroke project aimed to evaluate the implementation of stroke Quality Based Procedures (QBP) in health care settings across Ontario and advance and inform broader quality-based procedures implementation. With the evolution of Ontario’s stroke system, provincial stroke indicators and outcomes have steadily improved since 1999. Ontario’s stroke QBP initiative has been introduced into a system already moving toward better care and outcomes for patients. Therefore, rapid and immediate changes in outcomes would not be expected after QBP release; rather QBPs are expected to further drive improvements already taking place across the province.

Of note is the finding that a new best practice and target (rehabilitation Length of Stay) introduced through the Stroke QBP Handbook had a statistically significant impact. Positive outcomes were also reported despite implementation challenges and in the absence of finalized best practice funding. This suggests that while there are areas for improvement, and with greater involvement of patients and families, the approach to funding of quality and best practices and the use of a clinical handbook to establish provincial standards is reasonable policy initiative.

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