Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 20(1) April 2017 : 57-61.doi:10.12927/hcq.2017.25137
Engaging Patients and their Families

Listening to Improve: Transforming Patient Relations Measurement and Reporting in Ontario

Patricia Sullivan-Taylor, Rachel Frohlich, Anita Singh and Anna Greenberg


Effective patient relations are important to improve patient experience and deliver better care. Policy and legislative changes in Ontario have increased accountabilities for patient relations and expanded Health Quality Ontario (HQO)'s mandate. In response, HQO collaborated with patients, health sector organizations, associations and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to co-design a patient relations measurement and reporting approach. Informed by an environmental scan, broad consultations, a multi-sector survey and a provincial advisory group, the approach includes standardized patient relations indicators to support measurement and public reporting across the hospital, home and long-term care sectors. Pilot testing with 29 sites across three sectors will inform province-wide implementation.



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