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An Environmental Scan of Patient Safety Reporting and Learning Systems in Community Healthcare

  • At: PPR SIG 2021 (2021)
  • Type: Digital
  • By: HO, Certina (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Co-author(s): Eulaine Ma Wei Wei Certina Ho
  • Abstract:


    Patient safety reporting and learning systems (RLS) have been increasingly employed globally as a tool for continuous quality improvement in healthcare. They provide a platform for collecting, analyzing, and sharing patient safety incidents. RLSs are primarily used in hospital-based care.


    The aim of this project is to identify multi-disciplinary, community-based RLSs that have been implemented in other jurisdictions and share findings with the Manitoba Alliance of Regulatory Health Colleges (MARHC) in Canada.


    With assistance from the faculty liaison librarian, an environmental scan was performed on formal and grey literature. The formal literature search was performed on the Ovid MEDLINE and EMBASE databases. Titles and abstracts of journal articles were screened for relevance according to inclusion criteria. The grey literature search involved identifying websites and publications from regulatory authorities and policy institutes responsible for patient safety, and personal communications with subject matter experts from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the International Medication Safety Network.


    A total of 629 articles were found between 2005 and 2020, from which RLSs in British Columbia (BC, Canada) and Spain were identified. Based on expert opinion and findings of a previous New Zealand environmental scan, the United Kingdom (UK) National Reporting and Learning System satisfied most of the search criteria.


    The environmental scan returned promising results in BC, Spain, and the UK. The MARHC will benefit from further analysis and lessons learned from these RLSs as it explores a central repository for Manitoba regulators to collect and share learning from patient safety incidents.

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