Opportunities - Identifying patient-important quality indicators for patients admitted to neurology units

Identifying patient-important quality indicators for patients admitted to neurology units

Alberta Health Services



A group of neurologists, nurse practitioners, and quality improvement experts from Alberta and across Canada wish to develop a set of quality indicators that can be used to define quality in the care of patients who are admitted to our neurology wards. Quality indicators allow healthcare teams to measure their performance so they can track the quality of care they are providing, identify areas where standards are not met, and make changes to improve.


In April 2021, a focus group was held in Alberta with nine Patient and Family Advisors. All members of the focus group were patients or family members of patients that had been admitted to hospital with a neurological condition. Through analysis of the suggestions and experiences shared in the focus group a list of patient and family priorities was created for what is important to measure in the care of Neurology patients in hospital.


Roles and Responsibilities

This is a participant opportunity.

The team is now looking for Patient and Family Advisors who have been admitted to a Neurology unit, or who have supported a family member who was, to rate the priorities identified in our focus group so that we may achieve consensus on which items are most critical to patient care. We also invite Advisors to make suggestions for how to improve an item or suggest more items to add to the list.

Advisors will take part in an online survey in June 2021, which will take less than 30 minutes to complete. Advisors will also take part in a second online survey in June to July 2021, if we are unable to achieve agreement for priority items with the first survey.

If you would like to take part in this opportunity, you may complete the survey by clicking on the following link: https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_eA98s5OYrefGLMa


Time Commitment

The survey in June 2021 should not take more than 30 minutes of your time. The second survey distributed in June to July 2021 should be a similar duration of 30 minutes. The first survey will be open to responses until June 20, 2021.



This is an unfunded study, and as such, we hope to recruit volunteers.



Project Team Contact Information

Caitlin Foster                                                               Dr. Lara Cooke

cdfoster@ucalgary.ca                                                 lcooke@ucalgary.ca

587.747.3055                                                              403.944.8535