Keeping Albertans Moving – Alberta’s Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network

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The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published a recent commentary by leaders of the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network (BJH SCN) outlining the successes and challenges the group has faced over the years in working towards their goal of Keeping Albertans Moving. Alberta Health Services’ Strategic Clinical Networks are specialized networks of people who are impassioned to deliver better care to Albertans, achieved by identifying and implementing new and innovative changes at a provincial scale. Bone and joint initiatives focus on quality improvement processes and BJH SCN members collaborate on projects and studies that are relevant to real-world practices. ABJHI is a close partner of the BJH SCN supporting their strategic priority areas through analytics and project management.

The CMAJ article provides details on the success stories of the bone and joint health network, including central intake for the hip and knee arthroplasty pathway, evaluation and implementation of GLA:D Canada, Catch a Break, the Fracture Liaison Service, and the hip fracture acute care pathway. Equally important are the initiatives that presented challenges or were not successful, including balancing surgical and conservative management of shoulder pathology and a funding-model innovation for public health care programming.

As the CMAJ looks to further promote the exchange of knowledge in 2020 and onwards, we’ll continue to share the strategies and learnings from our committees and working groups on delivering value-based bone and joint health care that is grounded in evidence.

Read the full commentary here.

“Factors that enabled success of BJH SCN initiatives include good leadership, broad stakeholder engagement, establishment of key partnerships and a commitment to being evidence informed.”

Ania Kania-Richmond, Jason Werle, Jill Robert – BJH SCN

A profile of other SCNs is also available through CMAJ: https://www.cmaj.ca/content/191/supplement