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RF248-3 - Improving Vascular Health in Primary Care: Introducing Accessible Quality Improvement Toolkits

Friday, November 24
3:10 PM - 3:25 PM

Vascular diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in Canada.1,2 Across Ontario there are variable high rates of vascular diseases.3 The Ontario Vascular Health Primary Care Work Group (PCWG) was established to oversee development of practical patient-centred resources to enhance efforts for preventing and managing vascular diseases.

The Vascular Health Quality Improvement (QI) Toolkits are resources being developed to support small primary care QI initiatives or larger program implementation. Key features include:
•Facilitating screening, management, and/or monitoring patients with vascular diseases or risk factors
•Enhancing interprofessional collaboration through change ideas
•Providing linkages to provider/patient resources

QI Toolkits for hypertension, tobacco use, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and chronic kidney disease have been developed. Feedback from PC providers led to refinements to a one page web-based version with embedded layers for accessing resources such as a Vascular Health QI Companion.

Early qualitative feedback from primary care professionals had been positive. One physician commented: “the QI Toolkit will be helpful to me and the team.” One director commented: “we needed this resource sooner; this is easy to understand.” Surveys and interviews (n=6) conducted March 2017 verified that the Tookits could augment QI activity.

The PCWG has developed foundational vascular health QI elements within a toolkit design. The QI Toolkit has been positively received as incorporating simple elements for contextualization to practices, teams, and patients.
Next steps?
•Add more vascular health topics
•Link to developing medical directives as change idea example
•Incorporate relevant performance measurement metrics

Learning Objectives:

Patricia O'Brien

Manager, QI Program
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Trish O'Brien is the Quality Improvement Program Manager at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto. She has been a registered nurse for over twenty-five years with experience providing strategic and operational leadership to consistently enable the highest quality health care delivery, particularly in the realm of primary care quality improvement. Prior to working with the University of Toronto, Trish held director positions with Health Quality Ontario (HQO) and the Quality Improvement and Innovation Partnership.
Trish has worked in the community, hospital and private industry sectors before her focus on Primary Care. She has trained and been certified in the major modalities of QI including the Model for Improvement, LEAN, and Six Sigma.

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Colleen E. Murphy

Project Manager, Vascular Health Primary Care Work Group
Stroke Services/Cardiac Care Network

Colleen Murphy, RN, BNSc, MHS
Colleen has over 30 years of experience in nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing Science from Queen's University and a Master of Health Studies from Athabasca University. Colleen is currently a Project Manager with the Vascular Health Primary Care Work Group of the Cardiac Care Network. This Group was established in 2013 to improve the quality and access to a continuum of vascular health services, She is also a Regional Stroke Best Practice Coordinator with the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario working with others on enabling best practice across the care continuum.

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    Colleen E. Murphy

    Project Manager, Vascular Health Primary Care Work Group
    Stroke Services/Cardiac Care Network

    Colleen Murphy, RN, BNSc, MHS
    Colleen has over 30 years of experience in nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing Science from Queen's University and a Master of Health Studies from Athabasca University. Colleen is currently a Project Manager with the Vascular Health Primary Care Work Group of the Cardiac Care Network. This Group was established in 2013 to improve the quality and access to a continuum of vascular health services, She is also a Regional Stroke Best Practice Coordinator with the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario working with others on enabling best practice across the care continuum.

    Presentation(s):

      Send Email for Colleen Murphy


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