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​​One out of every six seniors receives home care services in Canada.  As the aging population continues to grow there is a greater need to ensure the delivery of Home Care in Canada is safe.  The release of The Safety at Home: A Pan- Canadian Home Care Study is the first of its kind that examines adverse events in the home and includes recommendations on how to make care safer.  Dr. Diane Doran, professor at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, co-lead Dr. Régis Blais, professor at the Department of Health Administration at the University of Montreal, and their team spent the last two years examining administrative databases and reviewing charts across the country which showed the rate of adverse events in Canadian Home Care clients was 10 -13 per cent, over a period of one year. Extrapolating to the over one million home care recipients, that is up to 130,000 Canadians, who have experienced an adverse event, with half being deemed to be preventable. 

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute partnered with other sponsoring organizations for the study including, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),   Institutes of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), The Change Foundation, and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI).  The study examined the reasons for harmful incidents, determined the impact on families and clients and made suggestions on how to make home care safer.

The research team in collaboration with CPSI and national partners such as Canadian Home Care Association, Accreditation Canada, and Victoria Order of Nurses will be developing tools and resources for various audiences including clients, caregivers, Home Care organizations, and policy makers.  Watch for the launch of these tools on the CPSI website.    

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Journal article: Assessing adverse events among home care clients in three Canadian provinces using chart review

Click here to access the News Release.