12. Advancing better health outcomes by focusing on change. Partnerships, power and professionals. The role of physicians in health care reform (Workshop)


The engagement of clinical leaders in health system reform is known to be critical to change efforts (Lazar et al, 2013). Clinicians are being engaged in new ways in Ontario to drive change in collaboration with Local Health Integrated Networks and this workshop will use preliminary data from two ongoing research studies to explore the challenges for these change agents. The projects will provide context for an exploration of change strategies with a specific focus on the first two of Kotter’s 8-step change model: creating urgency and creating a guiding coalition.

Objective for workshop:

To increase understanding of the power of collaborative leadership, using examples of clinical engagement and to increase skill in building effective coalitions as a necessary prerequisite to change.

Ideas to be explored in workshop:

In this workshop participants will explore:

Change models and conceptual frameworks for change

Practical ideas that may come from two research study examples but are also generated among their colleagues for implementation in their organization

Skill building related to stakeholder engagement and collaborative leadership

Learning outcomes for participants:

An increase in knowledge about engaging others in change efforts, particularly related to physician partnerships.

An increase in skills and understanding of concepts of change, challenges in building momentum and creating connections that can produce results that stick


Colleen Grady – Centre for Studies in Primary Care




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