Data

As an Ethics Quality Improvement Project, PoET relies on data to tell us whether the changes we’re making are improving things for patients.

When a long-term care home launches PoET we suggest starting with the following family of measures:

Each home can adapt these measures to suit their needs and to align with the changes they intend to make.

One of the points of data the PoET team has tracked since the beginning identifies those long-term care residents who are transferred to and from hospital multiple times prior to death in hospital.  To track this group we looked specifically at “the number of long-term care residents who died at an Osler hospital and had been transferred there at least one other time in the two-month period prior to death.”  This is the group of long-term care residents that we anticipated would benefit most from decreasing consent-related errors.

The following chart demonstrates that since PoET has been in operation in the Brampton and Etobicoke areas, there has been an overall decrease in the number of long-term care residents in this category. 

The following chart compares the annual total for this data point, year by year.

The most recent year we have data for (2018-2019) shows a 68% decrease over the first year of data we have for this measure (2012-2013).

We have also tracked the number of long-term care homes in the Brampton and Etobicoke areas that have launched PoET in their homes. To date, 61% of long-term care homes in this area have launched PoET related activities.

PoET has also been spreading outside the Brampton and Etobicoke areas.  As of July 2019, PoET is launched in 26 long-term care homes in Ontario, in 6 different Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in Ontario.