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. 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.
  2. 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 .
  3. 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;25 (4):246-255. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12456. PubMed PMID:28244181 .
  4. 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 .
  5. 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 .
  6. 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 .
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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