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11/23/2014 5:00 PM

Call for submissions for Small Scale Research Study

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Accreditation Canada, HealthCareCAN, and the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) are partnering on a $50,000 small scale research study to address transitions at the acute care/home care interface and partnering with and empowering patients and family caregivers to improve safety. The deadline for submissions is January 23, 2015, with the successful applicant completing the pilot study by March 2016. The research will help improve the safety for complex frail elderly patients transitioning from the hospital to their own home. More specifically, the research will recommend innovative strategies and/or tools to help the patient, their family caregiver(s), and health professionals to work together to ensure the patient has the information required – for example, about their medication, potential risks such as falls or infections, clinical care, supportive services – to safely manage their care once they are discharged from hospital and return home.

 “The Canadian Patient Safety Institute is committed to improving safety of patients at home through commissioned research that engages patients and their family caregivers,” says Kim Stelmacovich, Senior Director, Patient Improvement and Innovation (CPSI). “Our hope is that the funded research will lead to innovative tools or resources that enable patients to be safe at home.”

The funding partners are looking to leverage research funds to find innovative solutions to patient safety issues, while addressing the challenges from the patient experience. The study should focus on transitions of care to and from home care and acute care settings to ensure patients being discharged can safely manage their care (with or without family caregivers’ assistance) once they return home; how health professionals can fully engage and empower caregivers to improve safety; and how to engage patients to improve the safety of their own care.

The competition is open to researchers both within and outside of health sciences disciplines, who have a demonstrated interest in patient safety. These researchers must hold a PhD in any field, or an MD or Masters in a health science field, and be associated with a university or not-for-profit organization that can accept and administer research funds on their behalf.

Click here to view the Call for Submissions.  For more information, or to receive an application, email