The Research & Evaluation Unit (REVU) supports all operational arms at CPSA. REVU focuses on evaluating existing programs (such as competence programs), supports the design, development and evaluation of new programs and liaises with CPSA team members and external experts to conduct meaningful, practical and innovative medical regulatory research.
The REVU team supports the public by striving to create a culture in which a patient can be confident in the care provided to them by a CPSA-regulated physician. We also support Alberta physicians by advocating for evidence-based programs and processes.
Evidence-based medical regulation
Evidenced-based medical regulation is the conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use of modern, best evidence when designing and evaluating the effectiveness of medical regulatory programs and processes (modified from Sackett et al.’s Evidence Based Medicine*).
Members of the REVU team have experience in a wide range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research. We incorporate experiential knowledge, novel data collection techniques, inferential and descriptive statistics, and the principles of program evaluation to ensure the best available information and evidence are applied to CPSA operations.
* Sackett DL, Rosenberg WMC, Gray JAM, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is And What It Isn’t: It’s About Integrating Individual Clinical Expertise And The Best External Evidence. BMJ: British Medical Journal. 1996;312(7023):71.
REVU publications, white papers & reportsAll Resources
Optimizing Virtual Care in Alberta: Recommendations from the Alberta Virtual Care Working GroupAlberta Virtual Care Working Group Click to view files
Reducing prescribing of benzodiazepines in older adults: a comparison of four physician-focused interventions by a medical regulatory authorityCPSA Click to view files
Opioids, Benzo and Z-drugs: Alberta Physicians' Attitudes and Opinions upon Receipt of their Personalized Prescribing ProfileCPSA Click to view files
Experiential knowledge of risk and support factors for physicians performance in Canada: a qualitative studyCPSA Click to view files
Survey of physician attitudes to using multisource feedback for competence assessment in AlbertaCPSA Click to view files
Does Pass/Fail on Medical Licensing Exams Predict Future Physician Performance in Practice? A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Alberta PhysiciansJournal of Medical Regulation (JMR) Click to view files
A review of multi-source feedback focusing on psychometrics, pitfalls and some possible solutionsCPSA Click to view files
Our research team
Dr. Nicole Kain
RN, BNSc, MPA, PhDRead More
Dr. Nicole Kain
RN, BNSc, MPA, PhD
Dr. Nicole Kain (RN, BNSc, MPA, PhD) received her PhD in Public Health from the University of Alberta in 2017 and was the first doctoral recipient of the Dean’s Gold Medal from the School of Public Health. Her dissertation explored how family physicians in Canada experience public health crises and the related risk communication processes surrounding such events. Dr. Kain holds Clinical Lecturer appointments in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. In her role at CPSA, she participates in qualitative and mixed-methods data collection and analysis processes, to guide continuous process improvement, research initiatives and program evaluation, key evaluation questions, and outcomes measurement strategies.
Dr. Ewan Affleck
CM, MDCM, CCFP, BScRead More
Dr. Ewan Affleck
CM, MDCM, CCFP, BSc
Dr. Ewan Affleck is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the McGill School of Medicine. Dr. Affleck has worked and lived in northern Canada since 1992. He currently serves as the Senior Medical Advisor-Health Informatics at CPSA and is co-chair of the National Task Force on Virtual Care. Before joining CPSA, Dr. Affleck was the Medical Director of the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority, Clinical Director of Family Medicine at Stanton Territorial Hospital and Chief Medical Information Officer of the Northwest Territories. Dr. Affleck is an expert in digital health information systems and pioneered the implementation of an integrated enterprise electronic medical record system in the Northwest Territories. He is passionate about developing sustainable health services for northern communities. He serves on boards in both the public and private sector, is a faculty member of the University of Calgary and maintains a clinical practice in Yellowknife. He is also the executive producer of The Patient’s Voice, a newly launched documentary film health advocacy project.
Dr. Nigel Ashworth
MSc., MB.ChB., FRCPCRead More
Dr. Nigel Ashworth
MSc., MB.ChB., FRCPC
Dr. Nigel Ashworth (MSc., MB.ChB., FRCPC) received his medical degree from the University of Leicester (UK) in 1989. In 1997, he completed his residency training at the University of Saskatchewan in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and received a Specialist Certificate in PM&R from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. In 2001, Dr. Ashworth completed a Master’s degree in Community Health & Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Ashworth is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta and has over 70 peer-reviewed publications in clinical neurophysiology, neuro rehabilitation, and population-based health.
Dr. Nancy Hernandez Ceron
BSc, MSc, PhDRead More
Dr. Nancy Hernandez Ceron
BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr. Nancy Hernandez Ceron (BSc, MSc, PhD) received her Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Alberta in 2010 and her PhD in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University in 2015. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work focused on mathematical epidemiology. She uses her technical background to look at data and patterns in a variety of fields. At CPSA, she provides technical expertise to gather, interpret and communicate data to further advance CPSA’s evidence-based research initiatives.
BSc (Hons), MSc, MSCRead More
BSc (Hons), MSc, MSC
Mrs. Iryna Hurava (BSc (Hons), MSc, MSc) received her Master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Alberta in 2015, and she also has a Master’s degree in Economics from Europe. She is an experienced social policy researcher with a strong background in academic research. Mrs. Hurava primarily worked on community-based research projects that were committed to the active participation of community members and organizations, including not-for-profit volunteer associations. In her role at CPSA, she assists in research initiatives and program evaluation and contributes to the production of research projects, reports, and publications. She also liaises with internal and external collaborators and other stakeholders.
BSc, BA (Hons), GDip PsychARead More
BSc, BA (Hons), GDip PsychA
Ms. Jacqueline Wagner (BSc, BA (Hons), GDip PsychA) received her graduate studies diploma in Psychological Assessment at Concordia University of Edmonton. Her studies focused on human neuropsychology, psychometrics, intellectual assessment and student wellness. She was part of a research team that received funding to assess student mental health and post-secondary extra-curricular involvement. Ms. Wagner also worked with a not-for-profit organization conducting research studies that focused on postpartum mental health and barriers to community involvement in physical activity. In her role at CPSA, she supports the research team and participates in research initiatives, program evaluation, internal data collection processes, continuous process improvement and outcome measurement strategies.
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