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Collaboration for Transformation: Patients as Partners Driving Patient Safety Improvement

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April 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Unintended patient harm is the third-leading cause of death in Canada, with medication errors as key contributors. Every 13 minutes, someone dies in hospital or home care. There could be up to 400,000 cases of preventable patient harm in Canada every year, generating an additional $2.75 billion in direct health care costs. This does not even begin to describe the physical and emotional tolls on the patients harmed, their families, and on society as a whole. It is time for all of us to ignite the burning platform for patient safety — right now!

System-level transformational change is required to drive patient safety improvement in Canada. From 2014 to 2018, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, a WHO Collaborating Centre in Patient Safety and Patient Engagement, brought together health sector partners from across the country to form a National Patient Safety Consortium. More than 50 stakeholders —including health care organizations, providers, governments, professional groups, patients and families, regulators, educators, and national and provincial agencies and associations — gathered to demand action on patient safety, with patient involvement key in every aspect of the strategy and action plan. Medication safety was one of five priority areas. Based on collective impact methodology, this large-scale transformational change initiative has been regarded as an exemplar by an independent evaluation. The panel will discuss experiences and lessons learned from the evaluation. The speakers will specifically highlight medication safety efforts that have transformed both policy and practice in Canada and around the world, improving health care experiences and outcomes.


  • Christopher Thrall, CPSI‒Canadian Patient Safety Institute (moderator)
  • Sandi Kossey, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Maryanne D’Arpino, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Katharina Kovacs Burns, Patients for Patient Safety Canada

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April 16, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.