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Leadership Impact on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in the BC Sepsis Network

Starting Date: 
July, 2013
1 year
RRU Researchers: 
Lindstrom, Ron; Gorley, Charlotte
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council's Sepsis Network provides support for clinicians in emergency departments to learn, share knowledge and resources, improve consistency of care, spread innovation and improvement ideas, and collaborate on change.

Sepsis champions work within a distributed leadership model to lead improvement in their organization including screening, diagnosis, and providing evidence informed care to reduce sepsis mortality and morbidity. This research explores how leaders see themselves as champions of sepsis, how the network currently supports leaders in their endeavours, and how the network could be improved. It includes qualitative interviews with Sepsis Network participants.

A set of emergent themes will inform the priorities of the network facilitators in terms of adding value, providing benefit for members, and achieving network goals. In addition, a social network analysis is being conducted to measure and monitor collaboration among network members. Social network analysis allows us to see how the network is functioning, how the people in the network are connected, the quality and quantity of network relationships, and levels of trust within the network.