First collaborative tackles inappropriate antipsychotic use
OTTAWA, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare
Improvement today announced an initiative that will improve patient
care and help manage rising healthcare costs by spreading successful
innovations across Canada. The Spreading Healthcare Innovations Initiative is comprised of two collaboratives that will each spread a promising
healthcare practice more widely. The first collaborative focuses on
reducing inappropriate antipsychotic medication use among long term
"Across Canada there are many innovative ways of improving patient care,
but too often they aren't shared or used across the country," said the
Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health. "Through funding
for organizations like the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare
Improvement, our Government is supporting partnerships that spread
these promising practices across health regions, provinces, territories
and eventually the entire country."
In Canadian long term care homes, one in three residents is taking
antipsychotic drugs without a diagnosis of psychosis. There is also
significant variation among rates in different long term care homes,
pointing to the potentially inappropriate use of these medications.
The collaborative will help Canadian healthcare organizations implement
an approach that reduced by 27 percent the number of residents on
antipsychotic medication among a cohort at a Winnipeg long term care
facility. Leading this collaborative will be the Winnipeg Regional
Health Authority (WRHA) team that implemented the practice through CFHI's EXTRA program for healthcare improvement.
"For over a decade, CFHI has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with healthcare
delivery organizations, helping them implement new ways of working that
improve quality and value-for-money," said CFHI President Maureen
O'Neil. "The Spreading Healthcare Innovations Initiative responds to
our partners' needs by providing support and funding to kick-start
change in their organizations."
Each 12-month CFHI collaborative will help up to 10 healthcare
organizations implement a practice that has already proven successful
at improving patient care in another organization. Funding, coaching
and support in areas such as change management, performance measurement
and patient engagement will be provided by CFHI. The second
collaborative will be announced in the coming weeks.
"By looking at our residents' personal histories rather than just their
medical files, we were able to improve their quality of life and save
healthcare dollars," said Cynthia Sinclair, Manager Special Projects,
Personal Care Home program, WRHA. "We are excited to be collaborating
with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement again to help
other organizations make similar improvements and I look forward to
what we can achieve by working together."
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating healthcare
improvement by working with provinces, territories and other healthcare
partners to promote efficient healthcare that delivers better outcomes.
With a $10 million annual federal investment, CFHI supports the
development of innovations that could save provincial-territorial
healthcare budgets over $1 billion per year. CFHI is funded through an
agreement with the Government of Canada.
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SOURCE: Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
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