Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration: Improving the Efficient and Equitable Care of Patients with Chronic Medical Conditions

TERM: October 2009-2014

AGENCY: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research

PROJECT LEADER: Professor Timothy Caulfield (U of A) (Co-Investigator)

FUNDING: $80,000

The Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration (ICDC) team is a group of interdisciplinary researchers whose overall objective is to improve the health of patients with or at risk of chronic disease. This project aims to develop, implement and evaluate novel interventions which reduce the clinical and economic impact of hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and vascular disease. To achieve this overall objective the ICDC team will study two related themes: (1) optimizing health outcomes for patients with “known chronic disease”, and (2) earlier detection and management of “undiagnosed chronic disease or its risk factors” in patients at high risk of chronic disease. HeaLS Research Director Timothy Caulfield and his team are responsible for examining the ethical and legal barriers related to using administrative data to identify patients with undiagnosed disease or its risk factors, including privacy, consent and stigmatization concerns.

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