Léora Rabatach is Manager of Communications for the W21C Program in the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Léora completed her undergraduate degree in physical anthropology at the University of Calgary (1999), and followed this with a Master in Medical Science from the University of Calgary’s Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine (2017). Her research focused on measuring stakeholder engagement for quality improvement projects in Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) in Alberta. Léora has worked in communications and fund development in both public and private sectors for over 16 years, and specializes in: strategic communications planning, media relations, knowledge management/knowledge translation, ROI/measurement, event planning, web development, copywriting, and editing.


Statement of Problem: Worldwide, Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) are structures developed to improve patient safety, care quality, and evidence-based practices in healthcare systems. Stakeholder engagement plays a key role in enhancing quality improvement (QI) initiatives within SCNs; however, little is known about what factors affect engagement within these Networks. This study aimed to assess which factors were most predictive of stakeholders’ intention to engage within these networks in a Canadian healthcare setting.