Who we are
Epidemiology Coordinating and Research (EPICORE) Centre is a clinical trials and health services research centre.
EPICORE Centre is involved in the full range of activities necessary for the conduct of clinical trials, including protocol design, case report forms design, database creation, study management, implementation, site coordination (for multicentre trials), data management, and analysis.
We are involved in a large number of single centre, and multicentre trials. EPICORE Centre is also the home of the Centre for Community Pharmacy Research and Interdisciplinary Strategies (COMPRIS).
To serve the Faculty and our community by generating new knowledge in the areas of health and health care through the design, execution and analysis of clinical trials, health outcomes research and epidemiologic studies.
RxPATH Study – Improving Hypertension Detection and Control through a Hypertension Certification Program Based Upon the Hypertension Canada Guidelines
Background/Rationale: Hypertension is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, accounting for more than one tenth (13%) of the total deaths every year. Hypertension control is still elusive despite its complications (e.g., heart disease, stroke and kidney failure) and advances in treatment. Levels of hypertension awareness and control have increased in Canada over the […]
RxOUTMAP tracks and quantifies the impact of pharmacist management of patients with uncomplicated urinary tract infections. Background Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common indications for which antibacterial agents are initiated. It is also the 8th most common reason for ambulatory clinic visits and the 5th most common reason for emergency […]
A Quality Improvement Project to Address lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) by pharmacists in the community (PILUTS)
Purpose: To determine if pharmacists in the community improve patient management of lower urinary tract symptoms. Setting: Community pharmacies in Edmonton and surrounding area Participants: Seniors who come to the community pharmacy Design: randomized controlled trial Control group: Pharmacist asks some assessment questions about LUTS Pharmacist determines the baseline scores on the patient questionnaire Pharmacist […]
Your browser does not support the video tag. Lead Investigators Dr. Roopinder Sandhu MD, MPH and Dr. Ross Tsuyuki BSc Pharm, PharmD,MSc Study Sponsor Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network (C-SPIN) & University of Alberta Hospital Foundation Central Coordinating Centre EPICORE/SPOR, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta Background Atrial fibrillation […]
The goal of this study is to evaluate quality of life of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) whose care is managed by a Nurse Practioner (NP) vs. standard cardiologist care.
Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise (CHANGE) is a multidisciplinary intervention integrating lifestyle intervention into existing primary care settings in Alberta.
This study seeks to evaluate the effect of Nurse-Practitioner-led care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), upon patient levels of depression and anxiety as compared to community neurologist outpatient standard care.
Click HERE to access the RxING Practice Tool. In 2013, the original RxING study, entitled “Pharmacist intervention for glycemic control in the community,” was the first to investigate independent prescribing by pharmacists for diabetes care. Pharmacists systemically identified patients with poor glycemic control, prescribed insulin, and provided intensive education and support to attain adherence. As […]
Click HERE to access the RxIALTA study. Background Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and in Canada accounting for nearly one third of the total deaths in both instances. The majority of CVD cases are caused by modifiable risk factors such as tobacco use, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, […]
What our clients say
“I was introduced to Ross Tsuyuki and the EPICORE Centre through the University Hospital Foundation, to help with development of a clinical trial to examine the impact and effectiveness of introducing a nurse practitioner for treatment of people with multiple sclerosis. The experience of working with EPICORE to develop a MS clinical trial, come up with relevant outcome measures, considering practicalities of clinical trial logistics has been invaluable to a clinician such as myself. EPICORE has provided the support and structure to design, then carry out a clinical trial. We will be starting trial recruitment in the upcoming few months, and I am confident that we will meet our goals and provide valuable outcomes that are useful in the health care delivery to MS patients.”
Study Title: Nurse Practitioner Management of Multiple Sclerosis in the Community
“EPICORE was responsible for designing the final CRFs, development of the database, interacting with the sites for data submission and entering the data into the database. To date, the recruitment closed as of September 2016 and the CRF data is entered. The laboratory data will be transferred over in the near future.”
Study Title: Applied Biomarkers in Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Study Group: Relationship of Prothrombotic Markers to Thrombosis in Survivors of Childhood Cancer
“I wanted to have a ‘picture’ of the pain profile of our study participants. The EPICORE staff rose to the challenge and were able to find the right resources. Thank you!”
Study Title: Presentation of acute coronary syndromes in White, South Asian, and Chinese patients: An international cohort study
“Our team has been very pleased with EPICORE’s statistical expertise. They
were able to provide independent verification of the results of our
randomised control trial, “Implementation and evaluation of the 5As of
obesity management in primary care,” and to help us create an excellent
format for the statistical presentation. Their assistance in formulating the
statistical responses to peer review simplified that process. We will certainly
use their skills in future projects.”
“Our whole team appreciates the way that Dr. Tsuyuki and his staff have
helped us through the planning, management and analytical aspects of
dealing with our precious data. They are always attentive to the nuances of
our projects and patient with the investigators, staff and students involved.
They are helping us to overcome some tremendous hurdles and make our
projects the very best.”
“Although it took us a while to get INFORM off the ground, working with
your team has been a pleasure – Lily in particular is responsive and on point
– I think we are going to position ourselves – with EPICORE’s help to be able
to gather and analyze this international data set in a very meaningful way.
thanks so much!”