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Distinction Awards

Each year, the top scoring abstracts and posters are recognized with a Distinction Award. These projects feature the highest level of innovation and evidence for improvement in their area.

  • Abstract of Distinction: The abstract with the highest mean score in each category.
  • Poster of Distinction: The top two posters with the highest mean scores in each category.

Abstracts and award winners are selected by the Abstract Review Committee, which is made up of Health Quality Ontario staff and volunteers, including patient and family caregiver representatives.


Past Awards:

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2018 Abstracts of Distinction Award Recipients

Abstract Title Primary Author Co-Author(s) Organization Enabler
Maximizing Ageing Using Volunteer Engagement (MAUVE) Program: Evaluating the Impact of Engaging Volunteers in Supporting Care of Hospitalized Older Adults Samir Sinha Nicoda Foster, Vicki Lau, Joanne Fine-Schwebbel, Meghan Gilfoyle Sinai Health System Engage Patients and the Public in Improving Care
Standardization, QBP’s, Clinical Integration and Transitions to Electronic Order Entry and Physician Experience: A QI Project Brining the Big Picture Together Ileen Gladding Alexandra Boasie, Saad Shakeel, Zelia Campos, Lebene Nuekevor, Amir Ginzburg, Natasha Milijasevic Trillium Health Partners Redesign the System to Support Quality Care
Primary Care Health Link Coordination/System Navigation Experiences Laura Cassidy Linda Robb Blenderman, Alicia McCullam Maple Family Health Team Help Professionals and Caregivers to Thrive
Adopting the Technology: Telemedicine in a Community-Based Substance Use and Mental Health Agency Chelsea Kirkby Rosanra Yoon, April Furlong The Jean Tweed Centre Ensure Technology Works for All
“They’re Looking at me as a Whole Piece, not Just Fixing a Part of me”: Innovative Ways to Managing and Mitigating Low Back Pain and Opioid Use at the Belleville NPLC Primary Care Low Back Pain Pilot Bruce Flynn Luba Shepertycky, Lisa Morris Belleville Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic Support Innovation and Spread of Knowledge
Utilizing Full Scope Nursing to Improve Primary Care Access and Reduce Unnecessary ER Visits Vanita Lokanathan Lindsay Chmarney, Sheena Howard, Brittany Murray, Kelly Pensom Greater Peterborough Family Health Organization Monitor Performance with Quality in Mind
The CHOICE Program: Supporting Relationship-Centred Mealtimes in Long-Term Care Sarah Wu Heather Keller, Hilary Dunn, Jill Morrison, Vanessa Vucea, Sabrina Iuglio University of Waterloo Build a Quality Driven Culture
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2018 Posters of Distinction Award Recipients

Poster Number Title Primary Author Co-Author(s) Organization Enabler
601 Utilizing NSQIP Data to Improve Compliance with ERAS Post Op Moblization Guidelines Clare O’Connor Shawn Forbes Hamilton Health Sciences Monitor Performance with Quality in mind
705 Partnering with Patients to Transform the Care of COPD Patients Donna Johnson Valenina Constantinescu St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Build a Quality Driven Culture
404 Virtual Palliative Care: Enabling Patient-Directed Support for Adults at Home Angela Nickoloff Lisa Shishis, Sandra Mierdel, Lency Abraham Ontario Telemedicine Network Ensure Technology Works for All
503 Standardization of Prescriptions to Decrease Excess Opioids after Appendectomy and Cholecystectomy Sanjho Srikandarajah Adina Feinberg, Jenny Chiu North York General Hospital Support Innovation and Spread of Knowledge
405 Building on a BASE™ of success: A Panel Exploration of the Five Factors Influencing the Success of an eConsult Service Clare Liddy Amir Afkham, Elizabeth Muggah, Neil Drimer, Anne Lyddiatt, Erin Keely Bruyere Research Institute Ensure Technology Works for All
504 Primary Care Provider Orientation – A South West LHIN and HealthForceOntario Partnership Rachel Labonte Jane Tillmann, Wendi Jerrett South West Local Health Integration Network Support Innovation and Spread Knowledge
208 The Pharmacy Communication Partnership (PROMPT) Program Sonja Li Sara Guilcher, Guilcher, Karen Cameron, Philip Lui, Gary Wong, Olavo Fernandes, Pauline Pariser, John Farrell, Lisa M McCarthy University of Toronto Redesign the System to Support Quality Care
303 ECHO Ontario Mental Health: A Model to Improve Access to Services and Quality of Care for Patients Sanjeev Sockalingham Allison Crawford, Eva Serhal, Cheryl Pereira Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Help Professionals and Caregivers to Thrive
710 The Emergency Department Return Visit Quality Program: Accelerating a Culture of Quality in Ontario’s Emergency Departments Olivia Ostrow   The Hospital for Sick Children Build a Quality Driven Culture
613 Utilization of NSQIP Data and Performance Audits to Reduce Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in Gynecology-Oncology Surgical Patients Jennifer Phillipchuk Dominik Mertz, Clare Reade Hamilton Health Sciences Monitor Performance with Quality in Mind
110 The CHOICE-D Patient and Family Guide to Depression Treatment: Dissemination and Evaluation Strategies for a Patient Version of a Healthcare Guideline Sagar Parikh Janice Pong, Trehani Fonseka, Andrew Kcomt, Raymond Lam, Sidney Kennedy University Health Network Engage Patients and Public in Improving Care
305 Forging Connections to Improve Care: Results from the META:PHI Pilot Project Kate Hardy Sarah Clarke, Meldon Kahan Women's College Hospital Help Professionals and Caregivers to Thrive
215 Seamless Care Optimizing The Patient Experience (SCOPE) Pauline Pariser Haley Walsh, Ian Stanaitis Women's College Hospital Redesign the System to Support Quality Care
116 Developing Stronger Communication Between Providers and Patients Through the Deployment of an Electronic Referral Solution Across Ontario Lori-Anne Huebner Heba Tallah Mohammed eHealth Centre of Excellence Engaging Patients and Public in Improving Care