Reduced wait times for
Research can help solveuniversal problems such as waittimes. Children’s Allied HealthServices in Lethbridge, a part ofAlberta Health Services, cut 142days off the wait time for itsservices by using principlesresearched and tested by thePrimary Care Initiative of Alberta.
Since 2003, the initiative hashelped health-care providerseffectively improve Albertans’access to care.
Staff learned how better to get
patients into and through services
faster by, among other things,
making new clients a priority and
creating a central booking system—
all without increasing staff.
“We didn’t do groundbreaking
research, but we found a way to cut
wait times for our services,” says
Alison Pavan, a physiotherapist at
Children’s Allied Health Services.
“Now we regularly track our waittimes and look at what we can do toimprove them.”
New test detects colon
If you’re aged 50 to 74 with anaverage risk of developing colon cancer,you may now have an alternativeto a colonoscopy. The new fecalimmunochemical test (FIT) is simple:you take a swab sample of your stoolto a lab, where it’s tested for bloodfrom the colon, a potential sign ofprecancerous polyps or cancer.
Clinical research trials in Edmontonand Calgary found FIT is the mostaccurate screening test you can get. It’sso effective that you will only need acolonoscopy if you have a pre-existingcondition, a family history of the canceror if a FIT detects blood in the stool.
The Alberta Colorectal CancerScreening Program recommends usingFIT as your yearly screening tool,increasing the chance of preventionand early detection and decreasing waittimes for results.
— Amy Sawchenko
For more about FIT and cancerscreening, visit screeningforlife.ca.