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'Sapere' comes from Latin (to be wise) and the phrase 'sapere aude' (dare to be wise). The phrase is associated with German philosopher Immanuel Kant, who promoted the use of reason as a tool of thought; an approach that underpins all Sapere's practice groups.

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Over 2012 and 2013, David Moore, Joanna Smith and Craig Wright from Sapere Research Group, in conjunction with the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) and the Centre for Health Systems in the Department of Preventative and Social Medicine at the University of Otago, undertook a significant piece of work for the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission). The work focussed on measurement and evaluation across the New Zealand medication safety programme, with an emphasis on the electronic medicines management (eMM) initiatives, a partnership between the Commission and the National Health IT Board. See Publications for full details.

The Health Quality and Safety Commission asked Sapere to prepare resource materials to support managers and clinicians in using and interpreting the HQSC Atlas of Healthcare Variation. Sapere undertook literature review on the nature, impact and management of variation. From the literature review, Sapere developed guidance documents with short case studies which demonstrate different aspects of analysing variation and identifying quality improvement activities to reduce variability. Variation in medical practice: literature review and discussion. Variation and improving services: analysing and interpreting variation. Variation and improving services: case studies and key questions. Addressing unwarranted variation: literature review on methods for influencing practice.

Jo Esplin evaluated Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) services in New Zealand, (Client: Ministries of Health and Education). This was to identify best practice in management of APD in children, particularly, the provision of hearing devices. Findings were no consensus for assessment or management of APD. The two Ministries plan to establish a reference group to progress this work. View the report here.

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