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Evaluating the indicators of nursing care topic of fall's first CHEPA seminar

14 Sep 2017

CHEPA’s first seminar of the new academic year on Wednesday Sept. 20 brings one of its Health Policy PhD graduates, Yaw O. Owusu, associate director of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), back to McMaster to explain how the indicators of nursing care arising from Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) are evaluated and monitored.

The RNAO launched its Nursing Quality Indicators for Reporting and Evaluation® (NQuIRE®) data system in 2012. NQuIRE is an online web entry system and database that collects, analyzes and reports comparative data on indicators reflecting the nursing staffing structure, nursing-sensitive process and outcome indicators of care arising from the Best Practice Guidelines.

The data system was created to support Best Practice Spotlight Organization®s (BPSO®s) in evaluating and monitoring the implementation of BPGs in their practice settings across different health sectors. 

Owusu is Associate Director, Research and Evaluation, at the RNAO. Within the International Affairs and Best Practice Guideline Centre, he leads the evaluation and monitoring portfolio, including the NQuIRE® data system.

He holds a PhD from McMaster, with a specialization in health economics; Master’s degrees in both environmental science and in economics and finance from Southern Illinois University, and a BSc from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

The NQuIRE indicators are derived from the practice recommendation of the BPGs developed by the International Affairs and Best Practice Guideline (IABPG) Centre of RNAO. The BPG 'Evaluation and Monitoring' portfolio conducts evaluations related to BPG implementation by BPSOs using NQuIRE data and also data from other secondary repositories such as the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) to demonstrate the value of the BPSO Designation Program.

The goal is to evaluate the uptake and impact of evidence-based clinical and healthy work environment BPGs in client, organizational and health system outcomes using NQuIRE data and other secondary data repositories to demonstrate the value of the BPSO program in the health care system, locally, nationally and internationally.

More information about the centre and its work can be found at

The seminar takes place on Wednesday Sept. 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Communications Research Lab (CRL) room B119. All are welcome to attend.

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