Developing Supports to Retain Critical Care Healthcare Professionals

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the critical care workforce has been exposed to a multitude of psychological risks, and because of this health care professionals are experiencing unprecedented levels of exhaustion, burnout, anxiety, depression, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and moral distress. These psychological effects of the pandemic have led to an increase in workforce turnover. It is essential to identify influencing factors and environmental barriers that affect health care professionals’ psychological wellbeing and to develop supports to retain these experts.

Measuring outcomes that matter to children, youth and their families in mental health services

The global pandemic has made it clear that there is an urgent need for high-quality mental health services for children and youth. Right now, quality is measured in terms of the number of visits to clinics, emergency departments, hospitalizations, and the costs associated with those services. The voices of children, youth, and their families are largely absent from evaluations of mental health services. This project will engage youth and their caregivers to select a set of patient-reported outcome measures that will be used to evaluate the quality of youth mental health services in Alberta.

Adaptive operating room (OR) scheduling and control of cardiac surgeries

Operating room scheduling is one of the most important issues at Foothills Medical Centre (FMC), on which the hospital budget and the efficiency of OR management rely. OR scheduling is difficult in practice and theory because there are many constraints and disturbances. However, cardiac surgeries have special characteristics.