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Anesthesiology


Developing a data dashboard for Calgary anesthesia departments Tableau data dashboards can provide continual monitoring of physician practice and identify areas where practice change could improve patient outcomes.

Pediatric Anesthesia II – Outcomes Anesthesiology practices used during pediatric tonsillectomy surgery at Alberta Children’s Hospital were assessed to determine the effect on patient outcome measures including post-operative discomfort due to post-operative nausea and vomiting, decreased oral intake and pain.

Preoperative Testing for Low Risk Patients Preoperative diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests have little value for asymptomatic patients under-going low-risk non-cardiac surgeries. PLP examined the use of pre-op testing in Alberta to determine the frequency at which it occurs and to identify possible areas where it can be reduced or eliminated.

Tranexamic acid (TXA) use during Anesthesia for total joint replacements in Calgary Does the use of intravenous tranexamic acid (TXA) by Calgary anesthesiologists during total knee and hip replacement procedures affect blood transfusion rates in the 72 hours following surgery?

Emergency Medicine


Optimizing a data dashboard for Calgary Emergency Departments Health administrative data dashboards have the potential to provide clinicians with timely information that can positively affect their practice.

Sepsis in the ED: Emergency Physician Recognition and Treatment Proper diagnosis and time to administering antibiotic treatment are critical factors determining the outcome of patients admitted to the emergency department. Calgary zone emergency physicians received data on their time from diagnosis of sepsis to the time an appropriate antibiotic therapy was administered.

Family Medicine


Antipsychotic use in Children and the Elderly Provide physicians with knowledge of their antipsychotic prescription practice profile and monitoring program for patients on these medications.

Bariatric Surgery Referral

Clinical Queries: Atypical Antipsychotics in the Elderly Participants received information on the provincial trends for prescribing atypical antipsychotics in seniors and also a snapshot of the prescribing patterns in their own elderly patients.

Clinical Queries: Oral Anticoagulants in the Elderly This project provided physicians with provincial prescribing trends of oral anticoagulants in seniors and a snapshot of how many of their senior patients are receiving oral anticoagulants.

Clinical Queries: Oral Hypoglycemic Agents Physicians received data on the provincial prescribing trends of oral hypoglycemic agents and a snapshot of the demographics of their patients receiving oral hypoglycemic agents and type of pharmacotherapy used.

Diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in patients with hip fractures The majority of hip fractures occur as a result of osteoporosis which may or may not have been diagnosed when the event occurs. The study examined how patients were diagnosed and treated for osteoporosis before and after they suffered a hip fracture.

Diagnostic Imaging for Uncomplicated Headache Diagnostic imaging is not indicated in low risk headache patients with no red flags. The project aims to determine the incidence of diagnostic imaging for low-risk headache patients seen by primary care physicians.

Dyslipidemia Screening and Treatment in Alberta Physicians enrolled in the ASaP initiative received information about on screening and management practices for their patients with dyslipidemia.

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) How can your EMR help you provide better care?

Preoperative Testing for Low Risk Patients Preoperative diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests have little value for asymptomatic patients under-going low-risk non-cardiac surgeries. PLP examined the use of pre-op testing in Alberta to determine the frequency at which it occurs and to identify possible areas where it can be reduced or eliminated.

General Surgery


Bariatric Surgery Referral

Diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in patients with hip fractures The majority of hip fractures occur as a result of osteoporosis which may or may not have been diagnosed when the event occurs. The study examined how patients were diagnosed and treated for osteoporosis before and after they suffered a hip fracture.

Preoperative Testing for Low Risk Patients Preoperative diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests have little value for asymptomatic patients under-going low-risk non-cardiac surgeries. PLP examined the use of pre-op testing in Alberta to determine the frequency at which it occurs and to identify possible areas where it can be reduced or eliminated.

Provincial Cholecystectomy Conversion Rates The objective of this project is to measure the provincial cholecystectomy conversion rate variance and its impact on whether the general surgeons of Alberta modify their own practice based on observed variance.

Geriatric Medicine


Antipsychotic and sedative medication use in seniors admitted to Calgary hospitalists Calgary zone hospitalists partnered with the Physician Learning Program to examine prescribing practices and determine if facilitated educational sessions could result in increased adherence to the principles of deprescribing and appropriate use of antipsychotics and sedatives in seniors.

Clinical Queries: Atypical Antipsychotics in the Elderly Participants received information on the provincial trends for prescribing atypical antipsychotics in seniors and also a snapshot of the prescribing patterns in their own elderly patients.

Clinical Queries: Oral Anticoagulants in the Elderly This project provided physicians with provincial prescribing trends of oral anticoagulants in seniors and a snapshot of how many of their senior patients are receiving oral anticoagulants.

Hospital Medicine


Antipsychotic and sedative medication use in seniors admitted to Calgary hospitalists Calgary zone hospitalists partnered with the Physician Learning Program to examine prescribing practices and determine if facilitated educational sessions could result in increased adherence to the principles of deprescribing and appropriate use of antipsychotics and sedatives in seniors.

Internal Medicine


Preoperative Testing for Low Risk Patients Preoperative diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests have little value for asymptomatic patients under-going low-risk non-cardiac surgeries. PLP examined the use of pre-op testing in Alberta to determine the frequency at which it occurs and to identify possible areas where it can be reduced or eliminated.

Neurology


Diagnostic Imaging for Uncomplicated Headache Diagnostic imaging is not indicated in low risk headache patients with no red flags. The project aims to determine the incidence of diagnostic imaging for low-risk headache patients seen by primary care physicians.

Obstetrics/Gynecology


Medical and Surgical Management Practices for Hysterectomies in Calgary Hysterectomies are the fourth most common surgical procedure in Alberta and an accurate reflection of hysterectomy rates and practice trends will allow Gynecologists to provide the best care for Albertan women.

Ophthalmology


Macular Degeneration Intravitreal Injection Treatment Patterns by Alberta Retina Specialists for Wet Macular Degeneration

Preoperative Testing for Low Risk Patients Preoperative diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests have little value for asymptomatic patients under-going low-risk non-cardiac surgeries. PLP examined the use of pre-op testing in Alberta to determine the frequency at which it occurs and to identify possible areas where it can be reduced or eliminated.

Orthopedic Surgery


Diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in patients with hip fractures The majority of hip fractures occur as a result of osteoporosis which may or may not have been diagnosed when the event occurs. The study examined how patients were diagnosed and treated for osteoporosis before and after they suffered a hip fracture.

Tranexamic acid (TXA) use during Anesthesia for total joint replacements in Calgary Does the use of intravenous tranexamic acid (TXA) by Calgary anesthesiologists during total knee and hip replacement procedures affect blood transfusion rates in the 72 hours following surgery?

Orthopedics


Preoperative Testing for Low Risk Patients Preoperative diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests have little value for asymptomatic patients under-going low-risk non-cardiac surgeries. PLP examined the use of pre-op testing in Alberta to determine the frequency at which it occurs and to identify possible areas where it can be reduced or eliminated.

Pediatrics


Antipsychotic use in Children and the Elderly Provide physicians with knowledge of their antipsychotic prescription practice profile and monitoring program for patients on these medications.

Pediatric Anesthesia II – Outcomes Anesthesiology practices used during pediatric tonsillectomy surgery at Alberta Children’s Hospital were assessed to determine the effect on patient outcome measures including post-operative discomfort due to post-operative nausea and vomiting, decreased oral intake and pain.

Psychiatry


Antipsychotic and sedative medication use in seniors admitted to Calgary hospitalists Calgary zone hospitalists partnered with the Physician Learning Program to examine prescribing practices and determine if facilitated educational sessions could result in increased adherence to the principles of deprescribing and appropriate use of antipsychotics and sedatives in seniors.

Antipsychotic use in Children and the Elderly Provide physicians with knowledge of their antipsychotic prescription practice profile and monitoring program for patients on these medications.

Clinical Queries: Atypical Antipsychotics in the Elderly Participants received information on the provincial trends for prescribing atypical antipsychotics in seniors and also a snapshot of the prescribing patterns in their own elderly patients.

Urology


Preoperative Testing for Low Risk Patients Preoperative diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests have little value for asymptomatic patients under-going low-risk non-cardiac surgeries. PLP examined the use of pre-op testing in Alberta to determine the frequency at which it occurs and to identify possible areas where it can be reduced or eliminated.