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Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Networks (EnACt)

AMA-ACTT is pleased to partner with the University of Alberta's Department of Family Medicine with the work of EnACt. EnACt is an infrastructure to support and enhance Alberta's existing practice-based research networks. Supported by the Alberta Innovates Transitional Health Chair in Engaged Scholarship, awarded to Dr. Lee Green, its mission is two-fold: support research in practice, and support research on practice. 

Learn more on the EnACt website.

Scaling Up Primary Care Transformation

Using Cognitive Task Analysis, we 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.

                                 Full Report:                                                           1-Page Summary:                                           Published Manuscript:

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Watch Dr. Lee Green's presentation from the 2018 Fall PCN Strategic Leadership Forum:

Physician Champions: A Strategic Resource in Alberta

Family physicians in Alberta, who successfully engage other members of the practicing community, health organizations, and the public, are well-positioned to build awareness about provincial transformational initiatives, affect positive change, be the voice of primary care in the province, and create system level transformation.

                                                           Full Report:                                                                                           3-Page Summary:

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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.

                                                      Full Pilot Study:                                                                                         1-Page Summary: 

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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 to support primary care transformation. A second study is being completed, more to follow.

                                                                                                                  Pilot Study:


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:                                                           2-page Summary:                                              Published Manuscript:

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Symptom Management in Cirrhosis Care

The purpose of this research is to interview primary and specialty care physicians and nurse practitioners, in a specific way that will help us understand their thinking and decision-making when they manage symptoms of patients living with cirrhosis

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Current Research

Using Clinical Pathways for Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care: Understanding Physicians’ Mental Models

The purpose of this research is to interview primary care physicians, in a specific way that will help us understand their thinking and approach to using Clinical Pathways when they care for patients with cancer

One: carepath Integrated Supportive Care Pathway Initiative

AMA-ACTT will be supporting PCN Change Agents with the implementation if the One: carepath Integrated Supportive Care Pathway initiative. Our research team are analysing data from two engagement activities with patients and health care providers to inform the co design of the One: carepath Integrated Supportive Care Pathway.

Improving Improvement Training

As part of the One: carepath Integrated Supportive Care Pathway initiative, EnACt is offering a form of CTA training to PCN change agents. The training introduces how to apply Diffusion of Innovations and an adapted form of Cognitive Task Analysis to understanding team functioning, engaging teams & supporting new ways of working.

Contact Us

For additional information please contact Lynn Toon at: