Lianne Jeffs


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital


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 currently holds the inaugural St. Michael’s Hospital Volunteer Association Chair in Nursing Research and is a Scientist with the Keenan Research Centre of Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. She is Associate Professor (status) with the University of Toronto – Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. Her research interests and expertise is in improving patient experience and the health of populations by optimizing care transitions and health system performance and building research capacity for nursing. Through her policy-relevant and productive research program and leadership roles, she continues to generate and disseminate nursing and health care knowledge that informs practice and policy and mentor students and colleagues with a focus on: 1) leveraging nurses’ key role in care coordination and service delivery and patient/caregiver engagement to ensure quality care transitions outcomes and experiences and 2) generating and translating evidence to enhance quality care, organizational learning, and health system performance that inform and have an impact at local, provincial, national and global levels.

Recent Publications

  1. Puts, MTE, Sattar, S, Fossat, T, Fitch, MI, Macdonald, GJ, Hsu, T et al.. The Senior Toronto Oncology Panel (STOP) Study: Research Participation for Older Adults With Cancer and Caregivers. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017;15 (10):1208-1215. doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2017.0159. PubMed PMID:28982746 .
  2. Jeffs, L, Saragosa, M, Law, MP, Kuluski, K, Espin, S, Merkley, J et al.. The role of caregivers in interfacility care transitions: a qualitative study. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2017;11 :1443-1450. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S136058. PubMed PMID:28860727 PubMed Central PMC5572948.
  3. Jeffs, LP. Optimizing Care Transitions: Adapting Evidence-Informed Solutions to Local Contexts. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017;43 (9):431-432. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2017.06.002. PubMed PMID:28844228 .
  4. Campitelli, MA, Maxwell, CJ, Giannakeas, V, Bell, CM, Daneman, N, Jeffs, L et al.. The Variation of Statin Use Among Nursing Home Residents and Physicians: A Cross-Sectional Analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65 (9):2044-2051. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15013. PubMed PMID:28791683 .
  5. Maclagan, LC, Maxwell, CJ, Gandhi, S, Guan, J, Bell, CM, Hogan, DB et al.. Frailty and Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use at Nursing Home Transition. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65 (10):2205-2212. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15016. PubMed PMID:28752589 .
  6. Jeffs, L, Saragosa, M, Law, M, Kuluski, K, Espin, S, Merkley, J et al.. Elucidating the information exchange during interfacility care transitions: Insights from a Qualitative Study. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (7):e015400. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015400. PubMed PMID:28706095 .
  7. Jeffs, L, McShane, J, Indar, A, Maione, M. Using Local Data to Improve Care and Collaborative Practice: Insights From a Qualitative Study. J Nurs Care Qual. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000274. PubMed PMID:28658185 .
  8. Daneman, N, Campitelli, MA, Giannakeas, V, Morris, AM, Bell, CM, Maxwell, CJ et al.. Influences on the start, selection and duration of treatment with antibiotics in long-term care facilities. CMAJ. 2017;189 (25):E851-E860. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.161437. PubMed PMID:28652480 PubMed Central PMC5489391.
  9. Jeffs, L, Jain, AK, Man, RH, Onabajo, N, Desveaux, L, Shaw, J et al.. Exploring the utility and scalability of a telehomecare intervention for patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing peritoneal dialysis-a study protocol. BMC Nephrol. 2017;18 (1):155. doi: 10.1186/s12882-017-0557-y. PubMed PMID:28486991 PubMed Central PMC5424340.
  10. 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;25 (7):779-790. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.02.013. PubMed PMID:28302438 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • St. Michael’s Hospital Volunteer Association Chair in Nursing Research
  • Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Fellow American Academy of Nurses
  • 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