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.

Please note: Dr. Jeffs is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Jeffs, L. Moving Beyond the Quality and Safety Quagmire: Collective Wisdom from Nurse Leaders. Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2018;31 (2):32-39. doi: 10.12927/cjnl.2018.25605. PubMed PMID:30339123 .
  2. Jeffs, L, Baker, GR, Taggar, R, Hubley, P, Richards, J, Merkley, J et al.. Attributes and Actions Required to Advance Quality and Safety in Hospitals: Insights from Nurse Executives. Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2018;31 (2):20-31. doi: 10.12927/cjnl.2018.25606. PubMed PMID:30339122 .
  3. Jeffs, L. Achieving the Quadruple Aim in Healthcare: The Essential Role of Authentic, Complex and Resilient Nurse Leaders. Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2018;31 (2):8-19. doi: 10.12927/cjnl.2018.25607. PubMed PMID:30339121 .
  4. Cleverley, K, Rowland, E, Bennett, K, Jeffs, L, Gore, D. Identifying core components and indicators of successful transitions from child to adult mental health services: a scoping review. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018; :. doi: 10.1007/s00787-018-1213-1. PubMed PMID:30294756 .
  5. Bronskill, SE, Campitelli, MA, Iaboni, A, Herrmann, N, Guan, J, Maclagan, LC et al.. Low-Dose Trazodone, Benzodiazepines, and Fall-Related Injuries in Nursing Homes: A Matched-Cohort Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018;66 (10):1963-1971. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15519. PubMed PMID:30247773 .
  6. Silver, SA, Saragosa, M, Adhikari, NK, Bell, CM, Harel, Z, Harvey, A et al.. What insights do patients and caregivers have on acute kidney injury and posthospitalisation care? A single-centre qualitative study from Toronto, Canada. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (6):e021418. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021418. PubMed PMID:29909373 PubMed Central PMC6009618.
  7. Hahn-Goldberg, S, Jeffs, L, Troup, A, Kubba, R, Okrainec, K. "We are doing it together"; The integral role of caregivers in a patients' transition home from the medicine unit. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (5):e0197831. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197831. PubMed PMID:29795623 PubMed Central PMC5993108.
  8. Li, SA, Jeffs, L, Barwick, M, Stevens, B. Organizational contextual features that influence the implementation of evidence-based practices across healthcare settings: a systematic integrative review. Syst Rev. 2018;7 (1):72. doi: 10.1186/s13643-018-0734-5. PubMed PMID:29729669 PubMed Central PMC5936626.
  9. Park, JS, Moore, JE, Sayal, R, Holmes, BJ, Scarrow, G, Graham, ID et al.. Evaluation of the "Foundations in Knowledge Translation" training initiative: preparing end users to practice KT. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):63. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0755-4. PubMed PMID:29695267 PubMed Central PMC5918493.
  10. Desveaux, L, Shaw, J, Saragosa, M, Soobiah, C, Marani, H, Hensel, J et al.. A Mobile App to Improve Self-Management of Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes: Qualitative Realist Evaluation. J. Med. Internet Res. 2018;20 (3):e81. doi: 10.2196/jmir.8712. PubMed PMID:29549070 PubMed Central PMC5878364.
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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