ABJHI is helping an Alberta research team design the optimal centralized intake system for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers in Alberta. The centralized intake is being designed to reduce the wait for care and ensure Albertans are referred to the right health care provider at the appropriate time.
The project involves nearly 40 researchers led by Drs. Deborah Marshall and Linda Woodhouse. Dr. Marshall is the Canada Research Chair of Health Services and Systems Research and ABJHI’s Director of Health Technology Assessment. Dr. Woodhouse holds the David Magee Endowed Chair in Musculoskeletal Health and is the Scientific Director of Alberta Health Services’ Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network.
ABJHI is managing the data for the research project, which is funded by a grant from the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System. The researchers will set out performance objectives for the new centralized intake model. They will analyze different central intake models selecting from them the features best suited to meeting the project’s objectives. They will also develop a framework for measuring the performance of the model once it is up and running. The work is being carried out in collaboration with the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network.