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Research Operations

Every year, the CHRC office compiles data to reflect operations using indicators, metrics and other information. Some excerpts of interest for the 2016/2017report are provided below.

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Comparable chart of research studies reviewed and approved at Covenant Health per fiscal year


This graph demonstrates the number of research studies reviewed and approved at Covenant Health over the past seven fiscal years.  This fiscal year, 93 studies were reviewed and approved, representing a slight decrease over the previous year.

The Grey Nuns Community Hospital hosted 60 studies; the Misericordia Community Hospital hosted 51 studies; and the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre hosted 17 studies.  (Please note that these may include single-site or multi-site studies).

Covenant Health total research by strategic objectives 2016/2017


The data used here is as indicated by researchers and reflects their perspectives and understanding of the Covenant Health Strategic Plan and Directions.  It gives some indication of where the focus of most research completed at Covenant Health lies, and identifies opportunity in terms of actively seeking and/or developing research in those areas of strategic priority.

Covenant Health total research by focus 2016/2017


Researchers indicated that the bulk of research undertaken at Covenant Health is patient-centred (43 studies), followed by professional practice (21 studies) and innovation research (9 studies).  

Covenant Health total research by primary service area 2016/2017


The bulk of research involves acute (59 studies), rehab (13 studies), and both CC or DAL or AL and Sub-acute (8 studies) service areas.

Covenant Health research by therapeutic department 2016/2017

The top three therapeutic areas of focus for research at Covenant Health were: Medicine (16 studies); ICU, Practice and Surgery (10 studies each); and Geriatrics (8 studies).

Covenant Health total research by primary study type 2016/2017


Of the 93 studies underway during this fiscal year, 74 percent were observational and 26 per cent were interventional (not indicated in this graph).

Most studies at Covenant Health were prospective chart reviews (29 studies), qualitative (28 studies), and clinical trials (20 studies) ranked respectively.