Lianne Jeffs

PhD, MSc, BScN

Director, Nursing Research


Research Interests

Patient safety, quality improvement, knowledge translation, research capacity building, organizational learning from near misses, evaluating interventions aimed at enhancing professionalism in nursing practice.

Research Activities

Dr. Lianne Jeffs’ area of focus is on patient safety and health services research. This includes understanding the effect and experiences associated with organizational and clinical micro-system approaches to patient safety, with a current focus on safe transitions across the health care sectors. She currently hold research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In addition, she is a Co-Investigator on several other studies. Previous work includes serving as a Co-Lead of a study on team-disclosure; Co-Principal Investigator of a province-wide study exploring near miss occurrences in the health care system; Co-Investigator on a study looking at safety and leadership in critical care.

Collectively, knowledge generated from these research studies will provide foundational knowledge around the design and delivery of safer health care in Canada.

Recent Publications

  1. Stock, KJ, Hogan, DB, Lapane, K, Amuah, JE, Tyas, SL, Bronskill, SE et al.. Antipsychotic Use and Hospitalization Among Older Assisted Living Residents: Does Risk Vary by Frailty Status?. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.02.013. PubMed PMID:28302438 .
  2. Regan, S, Wong, C, Laschinger, HK, Cummings, G, Leiter, M, MacPhee, M et al.. Starting Out: qualitative perspectives of new graduate nurses and nurse leaders on transition to practice. J Nurs Manag. 2017; :. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12456. PubMed PMID:28244181 .
  3. Jeffs, L, Saragosa, M, Law, M, Kuluski, K, Espin, S, Parker, H et al.. The Varying Roles of Nurses During Interfacility Care Transitions. J Nurs Care Qual. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000248. PubMed PMID:28212167 .
  4. Jeffs, L, Kuluski, K, Law, M, Saragosa, M, Espin, S, Ferris, E et al.. Identifying Effective Nurse-Led Care Transition Interventions for Older Adults With Complex Needs Using a Structured Expert Panel. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2017;14 (2):136-144. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12196. PubMed PMID:28071867 .
  5. Burns, KE, Prats, CJ, Maione, M, Lanceta, M, Zubrinich, C, Jeffs, L et al.. The Experience of Surrogate Decision Makers on Being Approached for Consent for Patient Participation in Research. A Multicenter Study. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017;14 (2):238-245. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201606-425OC. PubMed PMID:27849142 .
  6. Desveaux, L, Agarwal, P, Shaw, J, Hensel, JM, Mukerji, G, Onabajo, N et al.. A randomized wait-list control trial to evaluate the impact of a mobile application to improve self-management of individuals with type 2 diabetes: a study protocol. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016;16 (1):144. doi: 10.1186/s12911-016-0381-5. PubMed PMID:27842539 PubMed Central PMC5109669.
  7. Hensel, JM, Shaw, J, Jeffs, L, Ivers, NM, Desveaux, L, Cohen, A et al.. A pragmatic randomized control trial and realist evaluation on the implementation and effectiveness of an internet application to support self-management among individuals seeking specialized mental health care: a study protocol. BMC Psychiatry. 2016;16 (1):350. doi: 10.1186/s12888-016-1057-5. PubMed PMID:27756281 PubMed Central PMC5069942.
  8. Jeffs, L, McShane, J, Flintoft, V, White, P, Indar, A, Maione, M et al.. Contextualizing learning to improve care using collaborative communities of practices. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16 :464. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1566-4. PubMed PMID:27590455 PubMed Central PMC5009539.
  9. Cleverley, K, Bennett, K, Jeffs, L. Identifying process and outcome indicators of successful transitions from child to adult mental health services: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2016;6 (7):e012376. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012376. PubMed PMID:27381213 PubMed Central PMC4947737.
  10. Jeffs, L, Scavuzzo, L, Lopez, AJ. Making the case for graduate students and quality improvement. Nurs Manage. 2016;47 (7):18-9. doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000484483.37102.90. PubMed PMID:27351118 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Out of the Cold Program, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Director, Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Graduate Preceptor Award, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 2011
  • Distinguished Alumni Award-Rising Star Award, Academic Nursing from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • University of Toronto/Canadian Institute of Health Research Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Knowledge Translation in Patient Safety Doctoral Student Scholarship
  • Panel Member, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Services Evaluation & Interventions Research Committee, 2010 -present
  • Grant Reviewer, Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Co-Chair, Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network Nursing Research Group
  • Chair of Board, Fred Victor Centre
  • Associate Editor, Health Care Quarterly Patient Safety Papers
  • Reviewer, BMJ Quality and Safety
  • Member, College of Nurses of Ontario, registrant
  • Member, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau Lamba Pi Chapter
  • Member, Nursing Research Interest Group Member
  • Member, Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario
  • Member, Canadian Association for Nursing Research
  • Board of Director Member, Fred Victor Centre, 2005-2011
  • Reviewer, Collaborative Research Program: Rehabilitation & Long-Term Care-Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
  • Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
  • Reviewer, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, formerly Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship