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. 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 .
  2. Jeffs, L, Law, MP, Zahradnik, M, Steinberg, M, Maione, M, Jorgoni, L et al.. Engaging Nurses in Optimizing Antimicrobial Use in ICUs: A Qualitative Study. J Nurs Care Qual. ;33 (2):173-179. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000281. PubMed PMID:29466261 .
  3. Niven, DJ, McCormick, TJ, Straus, SE, Hemmelgarn, BR, Jeffs, L, Barnes, TRM et al.. Reproducibility of clinical research in critical care: a scoping review. BMC Med. 2018;16 (1):26. doi: 10.1186/s12916-018-1018-6. PubMed PMID:29463308 PubMed Central PMC5820784.
  4. Jeffs, L, Muntlin Athlin, Å, Needleman, J, Jackson, D, Kitson, A. Building the Foundation to Generate a Fundamental Care Standardized Data Set. J Clin Nurs. 2018; :. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14308. PubMed PMID:29446500 .
  5. Mukerji, G, Halperin, I, Hunter, K, Segal, P, Wolfs, M, Bevan, L et al.. Developing a set of indicators to monitor quality in ambulatory diabetes care using a modified Delphi panel process. Int J Qual Health Care. 2018;30 (1):65-74. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzx167. PubMed PMID:29340632 .
  6. Smith, RW, Kuluski, K, Costa, AP, Sinha, SK, Glazier, RH, Forster, A et al.. Investigating the effect of sociodemographic factors on 30-day hospital readmission among medical patients in Toronto, Canada: a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (12):e017956. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017956. PubMed PMID:29237654 PubMed Central PMC5728294.
  7. Thomson, H, Tourangeau, A, Jeffs, L, Puts, M. Factors affecting quality of nurse shift handover in the emergency department. J Adv Nurs. 2018;74 (4):876-886. doi: 10.1111/jan.13499. PubMed PMID:29117454 .
  8. Jeffs, L, Saragosa, M, Zahradnik, M, Maione, M, Hindle, A, Santiago, C et al.. Collaborative Care Transitions Symposium: Insights from Participants. Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2017;30 (2):39-56. . PubMed PMID:29083292 .
  9. 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 .
  10. 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.
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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