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​​Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety: A Toolkit for Healthcare Board Members and Senior Leaders

Safe patient care happens when healthcare service delivery organizations are functioning at the highest levels. Governing boards and senior leaders of healthcare organizations can ensure effective governance and meet their legal responsibilities with the Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety Toolkit.

This toolkit teaches healthcare board members, senior executives, and physician leaders across Canada about the tools available to support organizational efforts in improving quality and patient safety. Commissioned research led by Dr. G. Ross Baker (2010), Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety in Canadian Healthcare Organizations, identified a number of interdependent drivers that enable boards to fulfill their responsibilities for quality and patient safety.


The resources in this toolkit are organized around each of the key drivers and include:

  • Principles of each driver
  • Tools and recommended reading
  • Stories and examples from healthcare organizations

Use this toolkit to strengthen your organization’s performance and to promote and advance safer care.

 This symbol, used throughout the toolkit, denotes Canadian references and examples.