Supporting advances in quality in health systems

    Publication year: 2016

    As noted by the Health Council of Canada in 2013, there are many definitions of quality in healthcare, but a common conception of it is “the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge, as expressed through a set of dimensions of quality.”(5) Many organizations focused on advancing quality in health systems (in Canada and internationally) also identify quality according to six aims, which relate to ensuring that care is safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable.