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Evaluating the Implementation of Ontario’s Organ and Tissue Donation Physician Leadership Model: Mapping a Way Forward

Authors Sarti A, Sutherland S, Landriault A, Dhanani S, Healey A, Cardinal P

Received 29 November 2019

Accepted for publication 27 February 2020

Published 2 April 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 27—34


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Russell Taichman

Aimee Sarti,1 Stephanie Sutherland,1 Angele Landriault,2 Sonny Dhanani,3 Andrew Healey,4 Pierre Cardinal1

1Department of Critical Care, Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON, Canada; 2Practice and Performance Unit, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), Ottawa, ON, Canada; 3Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ottawa, ON, Canada; 4Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Correspondence: Aimee Sarti Email [email protected]

Background: The demand for solid organ transplantation has spurred countries around the world to search for innovative policies and practices to increase the supply of organs. Spain has become a global reference point for organ donation with the highest transplantation rates. In Ontario, Canada the Ontario Trillium Gift of Life (TGLN) has sought to replicate some of the successes in Spain. In particular, TGLN’s implementation of the Physician Leadership Model has been viewed as a promising strategy to improve donation conversion rates.
Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the implementation of TGLNs (TGLN) Physician Leadership Model by examining critical implementation process variables (education/training, communication, satisfaction, participation and reach).
Methods: This mixed-method implementation evaluation included data from all members of the Physician Leadership Model including the Chief Medical Officer, five Regional Medical Leads (RMLs), and the 52 Hospital Donation Physicians (HDPs). Social Network Analysis (SNA) surveys were sent to all 52 HDPs and yielded an 85% rate. Analysis included constructing sociograms and qualitatively analyzing interviews.
Results: TGLN’s PLM was poised for success by utilizing the existing RMLs’ network as a foundation. The social network analysis measures, particularly participation and reach, indicated the PLM was quite dense (ie, the degree to which members are connected) at baseline. HDPs reported communication to be facilitated by their connections to their RMLs. Early evaluative data indicated that lack of education and training was viewed by HDPs as a barrier, and thus more capacity would need to be directed to this issue. Overall, HDPs reported that various intended outcomes were being met.
Conclusion: We have demonstrated that an implementation evaluation helps us to understand which elements of the PLM were successful and which elements required immediate attention. This evaluation helped to highlight the successes and challenges in implementing the TGLN Physician Leadership Model in Ontario. Social network analysis of publicly funded capacity building systems has been identified as a promising area for health program evaluation to answer questions at a system level, such as identifying service provisions among information exchange networks and ultimately better health care.

Keywords: implementation evaluation, organ and tissue donation, social network mapping, leadership

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