Research in practice.

Research on practice.

Scaling Up Cirrhosis Care: Sub-Study

Understanding primary and specialty care physicians' mental models of cirrhosis care helps to identify factors that may hinder coordination of care, and will inform the development of a cirrhosis care pathway.

Full Report, October 2020

A second study further exploring mental models of cirrhosis symptom management has been completed. The findings are posted here.

Full Report, July 2021

Using Clinical Pathways for Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care

Cancer related illnesses have a significant impact on the health system and creating clinical pathways could enhance symptom management, care delivery, and experiences of health care providers and patients throughout the diagnostic period. Working with the Cancer SCN we conducted a study to understand family physicians' thinking and approach to using three specific Clinical Pathways for cancer diagnosis.

Full Report

Improving Improvement: Pilot Study

This pilot project demonstrated it is possible to transfer skills and knowledge from Diffusion of Innovations theory and Cognitive Task Analysis to Practice Facilitators in order to support primary care transformation. A second study is being completed, stay tuned for the results!

Scaling Up Integration In Alberta: Pilot Study

Improving integration between specialty and primary care is key to reducing unnecessary hospital admissions, readmissions, medical errors and delays in receiving care.

Scaling Up Primary Care Transformation

Our recent research using Cognitive Task Analysis sought to understand how we can move past successful demonstrations to widespread adoption of the Patient Medical Home in Alberta. Read our findings based on 42 interviews across 18 Alberta family medicine clinics.

Change Agents Day

Hear our Alberta-base research findings about how clinic teams approach change and true-life stories of how three everyday ordinary superheroes - a clinic manager, a physician and an improvement facilitator - engaged, inspired and empowered the people around them to work differently.

Services We Offer

EnACt wants to see primary care research in Alberta flourish with innovative and meaningful large-scale studies; we allocate resources to develop projects and pre-award support. This support may include one-time consultation, on-going guidance, project collaboration, or having a dedicated Coordinator or Research Assistant for your project.

Research Assistance

  • Literature reviews
  • Data collection
  • Maintaining a Common CV
  • Writing ethics applications
  • Study recruitment
  • Posters and presentations

Pre-Award Support

  • Project concept and planning
  • Identifying collaborators
  • Conducting pilot studies
  • Applying for funding
  • Providing letters of support
  • Coordinating approvals and agreements

Project Coordination

  • Applying for funding
  • Creating a budget
  • Liasing with academic offices
  • Accessing health data
  • Coordinating agreements
  • Knowledge translation

Data Management

  • Database design guidance
  • Data transformation
  • Application development
  • Reporting tools
  • Survey expertise (REDCap)

Cognitive Task Analysis

  • Qualitative methods revealing the thinking involved in performing tasks in real-world contexts
  • Track record of successfully understanding and improving team functioning in many high-stakes settings
  • First to adapt to primary care with highly skilled Improvement Advisors from Toward Optimized Practice
  • Focuses on macrocognitive functions central to the way individuals and teams do their work
  • Conducting CTA studies: recruitment, data collection, analysis, reporting findings

Our Partners

EnACt collaborates and connects with many organizations and research networks within the Alberta primary care setting.

Meet The Team

Dr. Lee Green

AI Translational Health Chair

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Tanya Barber

Research Coordinator

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Nicole Olivier

Clinical Research Consultant

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Matt Taylor

Data Manager

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EnACt's Board of Directors

Lee Green MD, MPH, CCFP

Arvelle Balon-Lyon RN, BN

Cheryl Barabash RN, BscN, MEd

Mark Makowsky BSP, PharmD

Raelene Marceau MN, NP, F/AA

Maeve O’Beirne MD, PhD, FCFP, CCFP

Mark Wylie CD, MSc, MD, CCFP