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CPSI and CIHI collaborate on Hospital Harm

Together, CIHI and CPSI are collaborating on an initiative that will provide significant benefits to patient safety in Canadian acute care hospitals.  This initiative uses administrative data to develop a new patient safety measure for inpatient care. The measure will include unintended occurrences of harm that can be potentially prevented by implementing evidence-informed practices. There are 3 planned outputs from this project:

Hospital Harm Measure  

  • A new measure intended to monitor variations in patient safety in inpatient acute care settings at the national level across facilities over time.
  • It is designed to help identify patient safety improvement initiatives in hospitals and could be the basis of a future comparable indicator. 
  • The measure captures hospitalizations with at least one occurrence of unintended harm that could have potentially been prevented by implementing known evidence-informed practices.

Download a one-pager on the Hospital Harm Measure.


Hospital Harm Improvement Resource

Information is being compiled by CPSI to complement the hospital harm measure. It will link measurement and improvement by providing evidence -informed resources that will support patient safety and improvement efforts.

The Improvement Resource for Hospital Harm is now available.

Be sure to check back for more Improvement Resources which will be available soon.

Analytical Report

The analytical report, Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals, introduces the new approach to measuring hospital harm, provides an overview of the status of these patient safety events in Canada (outside of Quebec 1) and identifies how the data and associated improvement resource can be used for improvement.

The report includes:

  • an overview of the status of patient safety in Canada;
  • the number and types of harmful events;
  • the types of patients and their outcomes; and
  • information on how measurement can be used for improvement.

Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals is now available.

1 Data from Quebec is excluded due to methodological issues.


Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals Virtual Announcement

October 26, 2016

Join the expert panel to hear an announcement​ on Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals and available Hospital Harm Improvement Resources to make care safer.