Quality Education and Safety (QUEST)
Program Leader: Dr. Phillip Segal
The Quality Education and Safety (QUEST) program fosters and develops continuing health education and quality improvement (QI) initiatives for all members of the diabetes teams – physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other health care professionals with the aim of improving the lives of people living with diabetes. It is spearheaded by a committee of leading diabetes experts in quality, safety and continuing education, and oversees a number of interrelated diabetes education and QI events and initiatives across the greater Toronto area and beyond. The committee also liaises with various levels of government and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) leaders to provide expertise on diabetes care in the community.
Continuing education and quality improvement are processes of lifelong learning and systematic improvement for health professionals to expand and fulfill their potential, retain their capacity to practice safely and effectively, and to provide meaningful and effective change in healthcare outcomes for people living with diabetes and the larger health care system.
Visit diabetesquest.ca. Your online resource for diabetes education and quality improvement.
- A QUEST educational website diabetesquest.ca was launched with the purpose of providing the diabetes healthcare provider with the best clinical resources and tools to facilitate and improve clinical care.
- The QUEST program continues to support the University of Toronto, Division of Endocrinology’s Diabetes Scorecard Project, an innovative multi-site initiative designed to successfully implement a standardized audit and feedback program using a patient-derived “diabetes scorecard” with the aim of driving future improvement in diabetes care.
- QUEST committee members recently completed a three-part article, A Primer in Quality Improvement, focused on how to design, implement and sustain a quality improvement project in diabetes. The three articles have been published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes and are intended to educate healthcare providers who want to lead change in their practice but have little experience in the area of quality improvement.