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Clinical Laboratory Services

Clinical laboratories play a vital role in patient diagnosis and care.

There are multiple clinical laboratories based in hospital sites across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that service the millions of residents based here. Their services also extend to national and international clinicians, researchers, diagnostic companies, and other industries.

Although standards and protocols in each laboratory are very high, they can be inconsistent between laboratories. Harmonization of clinical laboratories’ quality systems across the region can reduce this variation, which is fundamental to ensuring improved patient safety and care. Appropriate laboratory utilization is also important to improve patient care and safety, as well as to reduce unnecessary testing and healthcare costs.

The Quality Council, based in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology (LMP), in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, seeks to bring together the hospital-based laboratory community across the GTA to compare, share, and harmonize standards and approaches to testing.

Through a number of initiatives, we aim to publish guideline documents, here, and in peer-reviewed journals.

In the next phase, we will focus on the integration of quality with clinical practice, education, continuing professional development (CPD), and research.

LMP Quality Council roadmap

Each of our projects follows the same pathway:

  1. Conduct GTA-wide surveys of hospital-based clinical laboratories to gather relevant data
  2. Analyse data and discuss results within the council
  3. Disseminate and publish survey findings
  4. Create harmonized guidelines and recommendations
  5. Publish in peer-reviewed journals and on the LMP website
  6. Implement guidelines and recommendations across the GTA

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Clinical laboratory services: Greater Toronto

View the laboratories across the GTA and links to their services

Overview of our projects

See which projects are running to promote alliances between hospitals and harmonise services

About us

Find out who the Quality Council is.

Project one

Clinical Laboratory Quality Indicators and harmonization across the GTA hospitals

Project two

Appropriate laboratory test utilization to enhance patient safety and reduce waste

Project three

Harmonization of critical values across the GTA hospitals

Other Quality initiatives in our community

Quality and patient safety community of interest

A group run by the LMP Office of Continuing Professional Development which has regular events.

The Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS)

A joint partnership between the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine and three of its major teaching hospitals: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; the Hospital for Sick Children (‘SickKids’); and Women’s College Hospital.

CQUIPS+ is a virtual learning platform created by the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS). Part conference, part community building, part inspiration hub, CQUIPS+ is designed for quality improvement and patient safety professionals, researchers and learners, to share, learn and collaborate.