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. Quinn, KL, Campitelli, MA, Diong, C, Daneman, N, Stall, NM, Morris, AM et al.. Association between Physician Intensity of Antibiotic Prescribing and the Prescription of Benzodiazepines, Opioids and Proton-Pump Inhibitors to Nursing Home Residents: a Population-Based Observational Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019;34 (12):2763-2771. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05333-8. PubMed PMID:31576508 PubMed Central PMC6854144.
  2. Okrainec, K, Hahn-Goldberg, S, Abrams, H, Bell, CM, Soong, C, Hart, M et al.. Patients' and caregivers' perspectives on factors that influence understanding of and adherence to hospital discharge instructions: a qualitative study. CMAJ Open. ;7 (3):E478-E483. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20180208. PubMed PMID:31320331 PubMed Central PMC6639098.
  3. Mundle, W, Howell-Belle, C, Jeffs, L. Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection: A Multipronged Collaborative Approach. J Nurs Care Qual. ;35 (1):83-87. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000418. PubMed PMID:31219899 .
  4. Hensel, JM, Shaw, J, Ivers, NM, Desveaux, L, Vigod, SN, Cohen, A et al.. A Web-Based Mental Health Platform for Individuals Seeking Specialized Mental Health Care Services: Multicenter Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. J. Med. Internet Res. 2019;21 (6):e10838. doi: 10.2196/10838. PubMed PMID:31165710 PubMed Central PMC6684216.
  5. Jeffs, L, Jamieson, T, Saragosa, M, Mukerji, G, Jain, AK, Man, R et al.. Uptake and Scalability of a Peritoneal Dialysis Virtual Care Solution: Qualitative Study. JMIR Hum Factors. 2019;6 (2):e9720. doi: 10.2196/humanfactors.9720. PubMed PMID:30990460 PubMed Central PMC6488957.
  6. Chemali, D, Roumeliotis, N, Cater, C, Dulsrud, L, Jeffs, L, Taddio, A et al.. Describing drug and fluid therapy in the paediatric intensive care unit: A pilot study. J Crit Care. 2019;52 :53-57. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2019.04.004. PubMed PMID:30974315 .
  7. Spence Laschinger, HK, Wong, C, Read, E, Cummings, G, Leiter, M, Macphee, M et al.. Predictors of new graduate nurses' health over the first 4 years of practice. Nurs Open. 2019;6 (2):245-259. doi: 10.1002/nop2.231. PubMed PMID:30918676 PubMed Central PMC6419115.
  8. Merkley, J, Amaral, N, Sinno, M, Jivraj, T, Mundle, W, Jeffs, L et al.. Developing a Nursing Scorecard Using the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators®: A Canadian Hospital's Experience. Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2018;31 (4):82-91. doi: 10.12927/cjnl.2019.25752. PubMed PMID:30860973 .
  9. Jeffs, L, Merkley, J, Sinno, M, Thomson, N, Peladeau, N, Richardson, S et al.. Engaging Stakeholders to Co-design an Academic Practice Strategic Plan in an Integrated Health System: The Key Roles of the Nurse Executive and Planning Team. Nurs Adm Q. ;43 (2):186-192. doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000340. PubMed PMID:30839455 .
  10. Hensel, JM, Shaw, J, Ivers, NM, Desveaux, L, Vigod, SN, Bouck, Z et al.. Extending access to a web-based mental health intervention: who wants more, what happens to use over time, and is it helpful? Results of a concealed, randomized controlled extension study. BMC Psychiatry. 2019;19 (1):39. doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2030-x. PubMed PMID:30678676 PubMed Central PMC6345062.
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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