Health research investment in Alberta

In order to improve the health of Albertans and the quality of the health system, timely, reliable and relevant information is needed for government, health service providers, industry, health sector stakeholders and the public to make informed decisions on health and health services.

Health research activities and analysis of research results provide information required for informed decision making and priority setting within the health system.

Alberta Health supports research conducted by the following organizations and agencies:

  • Alberta Innovates
    Alberta Health works in partnership with Alberta Innovates in supporting applied health services research in the province. This collaboration supports and enhances health research and research dissemination in order to enable and inform decision-making in health matters. It further links health sector stakeholders in a common enterprise of planning, conducting, synthesizing and applying health research, thereby supporting evidence-based decision-making.

    Specific research supported through the collaboration include the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) program. The PRIHS funding program supports the activities of the strategic clinical networks (SNCs) focused on improving patient care and value for money in Alberta's health system.

    Find additional information about research underway through the PRIHS and other AIHS funding programs.
    Alberta Health also designated AIHS as the coordinating body for the cancer prevention research component of the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (ACPLF). The cancer prevention strategies, screening and care component of ACPLF is coordinated by Alberta Health Services (AHS). AIHS works closely with AHS to deliver on the ACPLF mandate which is focused on preventing most cancers in Alberta.
  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
    The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is a national body that provides Canada's federal, provincial and territorial health care decision makers with credible, impartial advice and evidence-based information about the effectiveness and efficiency of drugs and other health technologies. CADTH provides information through three programs: Health Technology Assessment (HTA), the Common Drug Review (CDR) and the Canadian Optimal Medication Prescribing and Utilization Service (COMPUS).
  • Health Quality Council of Alberta
    Established in 2002, the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s mission is to promote patient safety and health service quality on a provincewide basis, primarily through the lens of the Alberta Quality Matrix for Health which includes acceptability, accessibility, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency and safety.
  • Institute of Health Economics
    The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) is a unique partnership of the Government of Alberta, major academic centres in Alberta and the pharmaceutical industry. The Institute’s research mandate is organized around 6 major programs: Health Economics, Health Technology Assessment, Knowledge Transfer and Dissemination, Special Evaluation Projects, Key Partnerships, and Capacity Building.