Patient Safety Champions Recognized With Health Services Research Advancement Award

    OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Health Services Research
Foundation is pleased to present the 10th annual Health Services Research
Advancement Award to two outstanding individuals with an unwavering commitment
to improving patient safety in Canada:

    - Dr. G. Ross Baker, professor in the Department of Health Policy
      Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine at the University of
      Toronto; and
    - Dr. Peter Norton, retired practising family physician and professor of
      family medicine at the University of Calgary.

    "Given the challenges faced recently by our health system, it is
increasingly important to ensure patients receive safe care," says Maureen
O'Neil, president and CEO of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.
"As champions of quality improvement, Dr. Baker and Dr. Norton have made
significant inroads to ensure decisions to improve patient safety are
supported by their research."
    Together, Dr. Baker and Dr. Norton have helped to establish patient
safety as a critical focus for Canadian healthcare organizations. They are the
authors of a ground-breaking 2004 research project entitled The Canadian
Adverse Events Study: The incidence of adverse events among hospital patients
in Canada, a sentinel study that is frequently cited as a critical focus for
Canadian healthcare. Dr. Baker and Dr. Norton are also two of the founders of
the Canadian Patient Safety Institute's Safer Healthcare Now! campaign, and
both serve on its steering committee and on advisory committees. Beyond
Canada, Dr. Baker and Dr. Norton are working to create a research platform to
support the patient safety initiatives of the World Health Organization.
    As leaders in research knowledge creation and dissemination, Dr. Baker
and Dr. Norton continue to advocate for the adoption of academically sound
approaches to evaluating the practice of individuals, teams, and organizations
engaged in improving patient care.
    The award will be presented to both recipients on May 13th at an awards
luncheon hosted by the Foundation at the Canadian Association for Health
Services and Policy Research 2009 Conference held in Calgary, Alberta.
    The Health Services Research Advancement Award is presented by the
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation to an individual, team or
organization that has contributed significantly to the advancement of the
health services research community in Canada and evidence-informed
decision-making in the health system. Winners of the HSRAA receive a
certificate and $10,000 for use in the advancement of health services research
in a way designated by the winner.

    Established in 1997, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
promotes and funds management and policy research in health services and
nursing to increase the quality, relevance, and usefulness of this research
for health system policy makers and managers. The Foundation works with health
system decision makers to support and enhance their use of research evidence
when addressing health management and policy challenges.

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