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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 change ideas to help improve them. Connect with others to share your experiences and ideas of your own.

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Percentage of non-palliative care patients newly dispensed an opioid

This indicator measures the percentage of non-palliative patients newly dispensed an opioid within a six-month reporting period prescribed by any provider in the health care system.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and Ontario Health's quality standard for Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain both recommend against prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain until non-opioid pharmacotherapy and/or nonpharmacological therapies have been attempted. Avoiding new starts of opioids can help to prevent long-term use, which can lead to significant harm.

Performance on this indicator is available in Ontario Health's MyPractice Primary Care Report.

Key resources

Change Ideas

Prescription Monitoring Systems

Resources for Health Care Professionals

Patient Information on Benefits and Harms of Opioid Use and Shared Decision-Making

Percentage of non-palliative care patients newly dispensed an opioid

This indicator measures the percentage of non-palliative patients newly dispensed an opioid within a six-month reporting period prescribed by any provider in the health care system.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and Ontario Health's quality standard for Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain both recommend against prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain until non-opioid pharmacotherapy and/or nonpharmacological therapies have been attempted. Avoiding new starts of opioids can help to prevent long-term use, which can lead to significant harm.

Performance on this indicator is available in Ontario Health's MyPractice Primary Care Report.

Key resources

Change Ideas

Prescription Monitoring Systems

Resources for Health Care Professionals

Patient Information on Benefits and Harms of Opioid Use and Shared Decision-Making