What is Patient Safety?

What does “patient safety” mean?

The University Health Network Open Lab team is working closely with the safety team at Healthcare Excellence Canada on their Defining Safety project. The goal of this project is to understand perspectives on the definition and future of patient safety from patients, caregivers, professionals, and leaders across Canada.

As a means of obtaining insights and ideas from Canadians, a ‘thought exchange’ about patient safety has been created. This exchange is a completely anonymous platform that provides space for participants to describe what they think the salient features are that should be included in a definition of patient safety.

If you live in Canada and want to join in the conversation on patient safety, click here.

Get Involved

Patient-Oriented Research Podcasts

If you are interested in Patient-Oriented Research, why not join Beverley Pomeroy and Lisa Ridgeway for SPORCast? This bi-weekly podcast discusses the Standards for Patient-Oriented Research from the west coast of Canada. To listen to previous podcasts and more, including the conversation with Andre Picard, check out the SPORCast podcast page.

Call for Research Participants

Researchers at BC Cancer and SFU are conducting a new study exploring Canadian cancer survivors’ preferences for using (not using) cannabis. If you are a cancer survivor interested in participating, please visit https://cc-arcc.ca/cannabis-survivorship-study-2019/ for more information.

Have Your Say: What NEW research?

Are you a patient, family caregiver or healthcare provider who has experience with colorectal cancer? If so, why not share your ideas about NEW research that is needed to improve the lives of those living with and beyond a diagnosis of stage I-III colorectal cancer.

Who is eligible?

1. Stage I-III colorectal cancer patients.

2. Family members to patients diagnosed with state I-III colorectal cancer.

3. Healthcare providers who work with stage I-III colorectal cancer patients.

4. Community or support organization who works with state I-III colorectal cancer patients.

To participate, please visit the following website

Sleep apnea?

If you suffer from sleep apnea and would like to share your experience, here is an opportunity to do so.

Time for a Heart to Heart?


Do you reside in Calgary or area?
Do you or someone you care for have a cardiovascular/pulmonary condition?
Would you like to participate in a study focus group?

If you said “Yes” to the above, click here for more details.