Aiming to improve the safe delivery of care in community-based settings - 'Dr. Chaim Bell is announced as new Applied Chair'

    EDMONTON, May 12 /CNW/ - Dr. Chaim Bell (St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto)
is the recipient of the 2008 Applied Health Services and Policy Chair award in
Patient Safety in Community-Based Settings.
    The award - jointly funded by The Canadian Patient Safety Institute
(CPSI) and the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) -
provides $925,000 over five years and will enable Dr. Bell to focus his
research, training and knowledge translation initiatives on improving the safe
delivery of care in community-based settings. Dr. Bell received the award for
his proposal "Continuity of care between hospital and long-term care (LTC)
facilities among seniors."
    "To improve and promote a culture of safety, greater collaboration is
needed across all health sectors," says Philip Hassen, CEO of CPSI. "Dr.
Bell's research will improve our knowledge of patient safety issues that arise
during transition between acute care and long-term care facilities."
    The Applied Health Services and Policy Research Chairs program is
designed to support innovative researchers committed to conducting high
quality, applied, and policy-relevant health services and policy research.
    "The creation of this Chair recognizes that patient safety is fundamental
to healthcare quality. Policy-makers need research evidence on factors that
impact the safety of healthcare delivery, as well as effective strategies to
improve patient safety in community-based settings" said Dr. Colleen Flood,
Scientific Director of CIHR-IHSPR.
    To ensure the relevance and usefulness of their research for policy- and
decision-makers, the researchers were also required to demonstrate a
commitment to work closely with decision-makers. The successful researchers
also had to demonstrate willingness to train and mentor graduate students and
junior faculty.
    "We are confident that Dr. Bell will make valuable contributions to this
area of research and look forward to the impact of his work on patient safety
across the care continuum," said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR.
    The competition for awards under this program was very intense. Dr. Chaim
Bell was the sole recipient of the Applied Chair in Patient Safety in
Community-based Settings. "CIHR-IHSPR and CPSI are thrilled to be supporting
such a high calibre researcher," said Dr. Flood.
    In addition to Dr. Chaim Bell's Applied Chair in Patient Safety, six
other Applied Chairs were funded. Information on the six other Chair awards is
available on CIHR's website at

    About CPSI

    The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is an independent
not-for-profit corporation, operating collaboratively with health
professionals and organizations, regulatory bodies and governments to build
and advance a safer healthcare system for Canadians. CPSI performs a
coordinating and leadership role across health sectors and systems, promotes
leading practices and raises awareness with stakeholders, patients and the
general public about patient safety.

    About CIHR

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more
effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Cecilia
Bloxom, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Phone (780) 700-8642; David
Coulombe, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Phone (613) 941-4563

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