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  1. It’s Safe to Ask www.safetoask.ca

  2. Mission of MIPS: To promote patient safety and quality health care for Manitobans.

  3. Is It Safe to Ask? • Patients are now asked to become more involved in their own care. • More care is being given at home/in community by informal caregivers. • Health literacy and clear communication are critical to patients staying safe! • Every patient has the right to receive healthcare instructions and information in a way that they can understand.

  4. Is It Safe to Ask? • 300+ studies say that current health-related materials far exceed the average reading skills of US adults. • Communication (or a lack of it) was a root cause of 70% of sentinel events reported to the Joint Commission Resources.

  5. What is It’s Safe to Ask? • A provincial patient safety and health literacy initiative, led by Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS). • Belief: Patients and families can play an important role in enhancing the safety and quality of their health care by becoming active, informed members of their care team.

  6. It’s Safe to Ask • What is my health problem? • What do I need to do? • Why do I need to do this?

  7. It’s Safe to Ask will offer information and tips for providers and patients/families to: • enhance clear communication • make care a more positive experience • increase health literacy (both patient & provider) • help reduce healthcare errors and critical incidents

  8. What is Health Literacy? • Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions (Institute of Medicine, 2004).

  9. 2003 Manitoba Literacy Facts 40% of Manitoba population has low literacy • 35% of adults have not finished high school • 80% of seniors have low literacy • 50% of the people in the LOWEST literacy levels do not speak English or French

  10. It’s Safe to AskTarget Groups 1. Public Groups in Manitoba • Elderly people • Aboriginal people (urban and rural) • Low literacy, ESL, new Canadians • Consumers of disability/mental health services • Children and youth

  11. Some of these groups • Are likely to have lower health literacy than needed • Are more frequent users of the health care system • Seniors: very likely to overestimate their literacy skills

  12. It’s Safe to Ask Target Groups 2. Healthcare Providers in Manitoba • Physicians • Nurses • Pharmacists

  13. It’s Safe to Ask Materials -Phase One • Poster (images, cartoon, translated into 15 languages, grade 4 reading level) 2. Brochure with med list for patients (translated, grade 4)

  14. It’s Safe to Ask Materials -Phase One 3.Provider Information Sheet 4.Implementation Sheet for Organizations

  15. Brochure, Poster, Provider Info Sheet were developed by Steering Committee then pilot tested with healthcare providers, patients, community members.

  16. Steering Committee • MIPS Analyst • Manitoba Health Program Planner • Quality Risk Manager/ Northern Mb Resident • Patient Safety Officer WRHA • Aboriginal Services Worker HSC • Moms & Dads • Director of Services – Core Area Community Health Ctr • Literacy Partners of Manitoba • Children’s Hospital Pharmacist • 2 Physicians

  17. Focus groups and feedback were sought with public and provider groups (mail, phone, email, in-person, web) • Feb-October 2006 • MIPS partnered with RHAs, regulatory bodies, community health centers, family practice clinics and other organizations across the province to ensure widespread distribution to targeted groups.

  18. Endorsers of It’s Safe to Ask: • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba • College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba • Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association • First Nations & Inuit Health Branch • Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba • Mental Health Literacy Network

  19. Endorsers Continued • Manitoba Health • St Boniface General Hospital • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority • Literacy Partners of Manitoba • Manitoba Medical Association • Manitoba Society of Seniors • Sexuality Education Resource Center

  20. Why It’s Safe to Ask? • Driven by results of MIPS Stakeholder Consultations 2005 • Culture Change is important • Patient Safety is a priority in Manitoba • Fits CCHSA Patient Safety Goals • Aligned with Safer Healthcare Now!

  21. 6 pilot sites: Klinic Community Health Centre Pharmasave – Flin Flon St Boniface Hospital – LDRP ward Shoppers Drug Mart – Portage & Burnell Shoppers Drug Mart – St B hospital Centre de Sante (health centre)

  22. It’s Safe to Ask Evaluation • Formal Evaluation Spring 2007

  23. Pilot Site Evaluation Lesson #1 • It’s about more than putting up posters and handing out brochures!

  24. Lessons Continued • Sites need support from champion • Need to believe this will work! • Culture change is slow, keep going! • Script what you will say, and role-play • Regional and on-site champions • Live it, or patients will feel it is NOT safe to ask.

  25. What do we do now?

  26. Implementation is key. • Choose one or two people to take the lead at your site!

  27. Implementation is key • Coordinator and Champion read through Implementation Sheet with your team determine how It’s Safe to Ask will work best at your site!

  28. Provide some education and encouragement, relate the initiative to your RHA. • Engage in a 'role play’ to help people feel comfortable talking about It’s Safe to Ask.

  29. Try to involve Community Health Developers or other health promotion staff to provide ongoing support.

  30. Coordinators will • Select 1 site/unit/program • Learn more about health literacy • Communicate with the team • Read and share implementation sheet • Engage staff at all levels – esp. reception!

  31. What will MIPS do? • Distribute materials • Brochures • Posters • Provider Info sheets • Implementation Sheets • Support the coordinators • www.safetoask.ca to download more

  32. Begin your planning now – • pick a site! • identify champions!

  33. Phase 2 • Focus on Medication Safety • Check back to ISTA website for details!!

  34. Comments and questions Laurie Thompson, Executive Director (204) 927-6470 lathompson@gov.mb.ca