Cheng, R., Yoo, L., Ho, C., & Kadija, M. (2010). Identification of Medication Safety Indicators in Acute Care Settings for Public Reporting in Ontario. Healthcare Quaterly (13). Retrieved from: http://www.longwoods.com/content/21962.
In healthcare settings, indicators are useful tools to assess the structure, process and outcomes of care. Moreover, when used to report to the public, indicators ensure greater transparency for our healthcare system.
The purpose of this study was to identify in acute care settings three medication safety indicators that are suitable for public reporting in Ontario. A multi-phase process was developed that included a literature review, compilation and evaluation of possible indicators and a consensus-generation process involving a focus group (modified nominal group technique) with Ontario healthcare experts from various disciplines.