Patricia Trbovich

Professional Interests

Patricia Trbovich, Badeau Family Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at North York General Hospital, is Associate Professor of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She leads the HumanEra team and holds cross appointments at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. She is Associate Editor for the BMJ Quality and Safety journal.

Patricia has conducted extensive research on how to design and implement interventions (e.g., technologies, workflow processes) so they meet the needs of health care professionals. Her research program aims to develop a fundamental understanding of how to design information technologies to support high order cognitive functions while striking a balance between automation and human operation. She has also conducted extensive research on improving patient safety in outpatient chemotherapy environments, assessing the risks associated with intravenous medication administration, mitigating interruptions during delivery of high-risk medical procedures, and identifying latent safety threats and evaluating team performance during in-situ trauma simulations.


Dr. Trbovich has received funding for her research through various granting agencies including the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI).

In 2015, her team received the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation & Becton Dickinson Patient Safety Award recognizing outstanding achievement by healthcare professionals who have made a significant advancement toward the improvement of patient safety.

She has made significant contributions to “basic” and “applied” research through collaborations with the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC), Evidence Development and Standards (EDS), Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and Health Quality Ontario (HQO) to evaluate medical technology such as smart infusion pumps, and offer evidence-based recommendations regarding their implementation in the Ontario health system.

She is promoting knowledge of Human Factors engineering worldwide through her collaborations with researchers in Brazil and Spain to develop of human factors expertise in their healthcare systems.

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