Research is often like a long, winding journey. Progress ismade one step at a time and bumps in the road are common.
For researchers, those bumps can be in the form of obtainingfunding and ethics approval, getting and figuring out data,and telling the world about their findings. For those lookingfor advances in health knowledge and treatments, thewaiting can test their hopes.
These new research programs could change all that, reportsScott Rollans. Each, in its own way, aims to make it easier todo research in Alberta and improve our health system
Innovation in the
Sometimes, even small changes canlead to big improvements.
Earlier this year, Alberta Innovates– Health Solutions (AIHS) announcedthat 10 projects will receive $7.5 millionover the next three years through itsPartnership for Research and Innovationin the Health System Fund competition,which is jointly funded by AIHS andAlberta Health Services.
Alberta’s health-care system includes10 strategic clinical networks, eachdesigned to improved care in a certainarea (for example, cancer). “The mandateof the clinical networks is pretty clear,”explains Dr. Pamela Valentine, whoholds a PhD in psychology with aspecialization in neuroscience and isAIHS’s chief operating officer. “Theyidentify potentially inefficient activitiesin their area, discover through researchif there are better and more sustainableways to do the activities, and then bringthat evidence back to improve the healthdelivery system.”
The partnership will
help find ways to
improve patient care while
The funded projects include a widerange of health issues. One project looksat the care and treatment of patientswith severe obesity. A second looks forways to make surgical units friendlierfor seniors.