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Indicators & Change Ideas

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Explore the quality indicators being tracked by health care organizations in Ontario through Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs), and evidence-based change ideas to help improve them. Connect with others to share your experiences and ideas of your own.

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Early identification: Documented assessment of palliative care needs for an early, at-risk cohort (hospital sector)

Patients should receive palliative care much earlier than they often do. Ultimately, receiving timely palliative care provides benefits for both patients and the health system, supporting patients to die in their preferred place of death with the supports they need. Health care providers in all sectors have a role to identify patients with palliative care needs.

Click here to visit Health Quality Ontario’s Indicator Library to view how to measure this indicator.


Key resources

Change Ideas

Provide staff with education and training


Implement processes, policies and procedures

  • Design and test processes, policies and procedures to identify patients who have palliative care needs early and conduct needs assessments

Embed flags, prompts and reminders in electronic medical record systems

  1. Embed flags, prompts and reminders in electronic medical record systems to:
    1) Identify patients who may be at risk of having palliative care needs
    2) Identify patients who were screened and identified to have palliative care needs (denominator)
    3) Collect data on whether a palliative care needs assessment was completed (numerator)

    Process measure: Number of flags, prompts and reminders in electronic medical record systems

Early identification: Documented assessment of palliative care needs for an early, at-risk cohort (hospital sector)

Patients should receive palliative care much earlier than they often do. Ultimately, receiving timely palliative care provides benefits for both patients and the health system, supporting patients to die in their preferred place of death with the supports they need. Health care providers in all sectors have a role to identify patients with palliative care needs.

Click here to visit Health Quality Ontario’s Indicator Library to view how to measure this indicator.


Key resources

Change Ideas

Provide staff with education and training


Implement processes, policies and procedures

  • Design and test processes, policies and procedures to identify patients who have palliative care needs early and conduct needs assessments

Embed flags, prompts and reminders in electronic medical record systems

  1. Embed flags, prompts and reminders in electronic medical record systems to:
    1) Identify patients who may be at risk of having palliative care needs
    2) Identify patients who were screened and identified to have palliative care needs (denominator)
    3) Collect data on whether a palliative care needs assessment was completed (numerator)

    Process measure: Number of flags, prompts and reminders in electronic medical record systems