Patient Care is perhaps our organization’s biggest opportunity. Canadian surgical health services researchers are among the most innovative and influential in the world, and Canadian health systems have the potential to yield important and universal insights. CAGS will work with healthcare institutions and champions to expand and advance the current quality improvement landscape in Canada that can be uneven and heterogeneous, due to variability in data access and quality.
While some jurisdictions and subspecialties have sophisticated quality improvement approaches, some have virtually none. Even small incremental improvements in quality of care, if implemented at the population level in General Surgery, could result in huge benefits in patient outcomes and in the value of healthcare. A CAGS quality improvement network could serve as the platform for the dissemination of best practices, or for the establishment of uniform surveillance and measurement standards for national comparisons and vast improvements in patient care.