On March 21 2011, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) acknowledged top achievements in Canadian health research that have had a significant impact on health, health care and health research. Work of the APPROACH team, led by Drs. Merril Knudtson, William Ghali and Diane Galbraith, was selected as one of only six of these top achievements in all of Canadian health research.
From the Government of Canada press release:
Cardiac registry for tracking outcomes in cardiac care
The Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH) team was established as a cardiac registry initiative to track the long-term outcomes of all patients undergoing cardiac catheterization in Alberta. APPROACH is now one of the largest, most comprehensive cardiac registries in the world with more than 140,000 patients from Alberta. APPROACH is applying learnings to manage wait lists and track new diagnostic techniques, procedures and other cardiac conditions.
“The winners of this award have demonstrated the key purpose of health research – translating research knowledge into practical health outcomes. The accomplishments recognized today are a testament to how translating knowledge into practice can have a direct impact on the lives of Canadians.” – Dr. Ian Graham, Vice President for Knowledge Translation at CIHR