Announcement: PoET’s Southwest Spread Project Receives $1.5 million  

We are pleased to announce that the Prevention of Error-Based Transfers (PoET) Project has been approved for $1.5 million in funding through Health Canada’s Health Policy Contribution Program. The monies will help fund the PoET Southwest Spread Project, a joint venture with McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine.

Health Canada’s contribution will expand the PoET project to long-term care homes in the Mississauga Halton LHIN and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN over a three-year period. It will also support a collaboration with McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine, led by Dr. Henry Siu and Pamela Forsyth, to evaluate the broader impact of this initiative in long-term care homes across the province.  Working together, the partners will provide substantive evidence of PoET’s ability to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits; highlight key enablers and barriers to implementing large scale innovations in long-term care; and investigate and report on the potential cost-savings impact to the broader health system, which could reach as high as $100 million.

The Prevention of Error-Based Transfers (PoET) Project is an award-winning, Ontario-based Ethics Quality Improvement project that aims to reduce consent-related errors in long-term care homes, and the transfers to hospital that can follow.

Led by Dr. Jill Oliver and Dr. Paula Chidwick and developed at William Osler Health System’s Ethics Quality Improvement Lab in Brampton, Ontario, PoET has developed through close collaboration with staff, physicians, residents and family members from long-term care. By participating in PoET, long-term care homes make a commitment to change decision-making habits in their home in order to align with Ontario’s patient-centered Health Care Consent Act.

Thank you to our partners…

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