Health reform focus of lecture

A noted health-care reform researcher will speak at the School of Nursing's 29th Annual Marion Woodward Lecture Oct. 21.

Julie Sochalski, associate director of the Centre for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on the effectiveness of hospital reforms in Woodward IRC, lecture hall 2, at 7 p.m.

Sochalski is working on an international study on hospital restructuring including the impact of staffing and organization on patient outcomes.

Over the past decade, there has been widespread hospital restructuring, work redesign and changes in hospital staffing patterns in Canada, the United States and worldwide, says Sonia Acorn, acting director of the School of Nursing.

Studying the effect of these hospital reforms is an important and timely topic, Acorn says, as many of these changes have been implemented without evaluation of their outcomes.

The lecture is one of the early events planned by the school to mark its 80th anniversary with the bulk of the celebrations to be held next spring.

For more information on the lecture and the school's anniversary events, please visit the Web site or call 604-822-7453.