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September 2, 2008

ERA supports SickKids safety scientist

A demanding schedule may be part of the job for health-care professionals, yet the number of hours on duty can affect performance and become a factor in the delivery of care.

A $100,000 Early Researcher Award (ERA) from Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation will help SickKids scientist Dr. Christopher Parshuram address this human resource question. Across North America there have been limited high-quality data on the optimal work schedule for health-care professionals. Parshuram’s measurement of timely access to critical care services – central to wait times initiatives – and evaluation of methods to reduce fatigue, will provide Canadian data that will inform decisions, reduce error and strengthen the training environment. Improving the system and the way we care for critically ill patients can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life.

For more information, please contact:

Janice Nicholson
Public Affairs
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-6684
Fax: 416-813-5328
email: janice.nicholson@sickkids.ca