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12/11/2014 5:00 PM

​​The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has awarded five students from universities across Canada funding to advance work in applied patient safety research. Each student will each receive $5,000.

“The Studentship Awards were created in 2006, to inspire researchers to contribute new evidence to the field of patient safety,” says Kim Stelmacovich, Senior Director, Safety Improvement and Innovation, CPSI.  “We are very pleased at the variety and quality of the research to be undertaken by the students in this year’s competition.  These studies will help to create new collaborative learning opportunities to facilitate implementation of practical ideas and tools to advance patient safety.”

2014 Studentship Award recipients

Don Thiwanka Wijeratne, Queen’s University (Supervisor: Dr. Gill Sudeep) - Effect of Language Proficiency on Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalization for Adverse Drug Events in Older Immigrant Adults

Farinaz Havaei, University of BC School of Nursing (Supervisor: Dr. Maura MacPhee) - Shared Decision-Making and Its Influence on Cardiac Patients' Safety Outcomes

Valoria Hait, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (Supervisor: Dr. Margaret Seppelt) - Content Validity of Safety Culture Survey Questions for Parents of Patients in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Marketa Gross, Ryerson University (Supervisor: Dr. Sherry Espin) - Exploring Team Handover: Development of an OR_PACU team briefing tool

Thach Lam, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network (Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Clavel) - Do Emergency Checklists Improve Physician Performance in Simulated Perioperative Neuroanesthesia Crisis Scenarios?

A new component for the 2014 competition was to include the patient’s voice as a strong component of the study. Applicants were asked to specify how they would engage patients in meaningful patient safety improvement opportunities and/or empower them to play an active role in the healthcare team.  The studies are aligned with one of CPSI’s four clinical priority areas: home care safety, surgical safety, medication safety, and/or infection prevention and control.

All applications were reviewed externally by recognized patient safety experts.  The successful applicants will conduct their studies throughout 2015 and final reports will be published on the CPSI website. The students will also share their findings and tools developed with a national virtual audience during a webinar to be held in early 2016.

Click here to learn more about the Studentship Awards and to view final reports from previous competitions.