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Patient safety

Recipients of research funding competition announced

EDMONTON – The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has announced the results of its first research funding competition, with 28 patient safety-related research and demonstration projects selected as eligible for $1.9 million in available funding.

With this announcement, CPSI takes another step forward in its efforts to build and advance a safer Canadian health system.

“It’s clear, from the strong response to this, our first competition, that patient safety is front and centre in the minds of the Canadian healthcare system and research community,” commented Dr. John Wade, Chair, CPSI Board of Directors. “One of the key strategies of CPSI is to increase the scope and scale of patient safety research in Canada,” he continued. “This competition, and the selection of successful applicants and their projects, marks the first of many research initiatives that will make patient safety in Canadian healthcare the priority it needs to be.”

Clearing a mailbox overflowing with project proposals arriving from across the country, CPSI and its Board made the decision to increase the original research funding of $1.5 million to $1.9 million.

“We were impressed by the strength of the applications and their eligibility,” said CPSI Chief Executive Officer, Philip Hassen. “The phenomenal response to our call for submissions went far beyond our expectations, and demonstrates an irrefutable interest in and awareness of, patient safety in the minds of Canadians.”

With funding available to support research topics in the two areas of Applied Health Services Research and Demonstration Projects, applicant teams have proposed research and demonstration projects in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, community care, long-term care and home care, mental health and emergency medical services.

“We wanted to support research and demonstration projects on patient safety that involved a good cross-section of caregivers, researchers and administrators,” explained Joe Gebran, CPSI’s Director of Corporate Services.” The projects needed to demonstrate potential for measurable improvements inpatient safety, be readily applied to other healthcare services, settings or jurisdictions and have a strong emphasis on the sharing of lessons across the system.”

An independent panel of experts met in mid-October to review 57 applications, ultimately identifying 28 patient safety research and demonstration projects that exhibited the required level of scientific merit and potential benefit to the healthcare system.

“Patient safety is such a national, coast-to-coast-to-coast issue,” states Hassen. “This competition actually arose from the meeting and collaboration, over a year ago, of CPSI, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, as we gathered a group of experts from across Canada to determine patient safety research priorities for the country. With these 28 projects, we are excited to betaking another important step.”

More information about the individual projects selected in the competition is available on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute web site at