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Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO)

What is a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO)?

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Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs) are health-care and academic organizations selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) through a request for proposals process to implement and evaluate the RNAO's best practice guidelines.

It is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on patient care though evidence-based practice. Requests for proposals are released every three years. The Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) initiative has been a great success. It provides support to organizations that have formally agreed to implement and evaluate multiple RNAO best practice guidelines over a three (3) year period.

First launched in 2003, the BPSO initiative is an off-shoot of the RNAO's Nursing Best Practice Guideline program which began in November 1999 and has since spread across Canada and to countries around the world.

Women's College Hospital - BPSO Candidate

On April 1, 2012, Women's College Hospital was selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) to be a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) candidate. Being a candidate provides an opportunity to receive dedicated funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and to have access to dedicated resources from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).

Through our partnership with the RNAO, Women's College Hospital is implementing the following RNAO Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs):


  • The Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult
  • Establishing Therapeutic Relationships


The Best Practice Guidelines provide a bridge between research and practice, ensuring the most current available knowledge is being applied to the care provided to patients and their families. They are reviewed every three years by expert panels of healthcare professionals, using rigorous research methodology. Though these guidelines were created by the RNAO, they are inter-professional, and can be applied by healthcare providers across the healthcare continuum.

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More Information

For more information about BPSO®, please visit the RNAO website or send an email to Theresa Kay, Health Disciplines Professional Practice Leader.

Further Reading

The RNAO has been developing Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs) since 1999, and through their BPSO® program, they have refined an evidence-based toolkit to guide health care organizations in the implementation of BPGs into their daily practices. The Toolkit: Implementation of Best Practice Guidelines, Second Edition helps organizations work through the phases of BPG implementation.

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  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)