Download the full-sized PDF of The alberta ambassador program: Delivering health technology assessment results to rural practitioners.Download the full-sized PDF



Permanent link (DOI):


Export to: EndNote  |  Zotero  |  Mendeley


This file is in the following communities:

Nursing, Faculty of


This file is in the following collections:

Health Systems

The alberta ambassador program: Delivering health technology assessment results to rural practitioners. Open Access


Author or creator
Rashiq, S.
Barton, P.
Harstall, C.
Schopflocher, D.
Taenzer, P.
Additional contributors
rural health
pain management
nursing education
evidence-based medicine
Type of item
Journal Article (Published)
Background: The purpose of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is to make the best possible summary of the evidence regarding specific health interventions in order to influence health care and policy decisions. The need for decision makers to find relevant HTA data when it is needed is a barrier to its usefulness. These barriers are highest in rural areas and amongst isolated practitioners. Methods: A multidisciplinary team developed an interactive case-based instructional strategy on the topic of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) management using clinical evidence derived by HTA. The evidence for each of 18 CNCP interventions was distilled into single-sheet summaries. Clinicians and HTA specialists ('Ambassadors') conducted 11 two-hour interactive sessions on CNCP in eight of Alberta's nine health regions. Pre- and post-session evaluations were conducted. Results: The sessions were attended by 130 individuals representing 14 health and administrative disciplines. The ambassador model was well received. The use of content experts as ambassadors was highly rated. The educational strategy was judged to be effective. Awareness of the best evidence in CNCP management was increased. Although some participants reported practice changes as a result of the workshops, the program was not designed to measure changes in patient outcome. Conclusion: The ambassador program was successful in increasing awareness of the best evidence in CNCP management, and positively influenced treatment decisions. Its teaching methods were felt to be unique and innovative by participants. Its methods could be applied to other clinical content areas in order to increase the uptake of the results of HTA.
Date created
License information
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported

Citation for previous publication
Rashiq, S., Barton, P., Harstall, C., Schopflocher, D., & Taenzer, P. (2006). The alberta ambassador program: Delivering health technology assessment results to rural practitioners. BMC Medical Education, 6.
Link to related item

File Details

Date Uploaded
Date Modified
Audit Status
Audits have not yet been run on this file.
File format: pdf (Portable Document Format)
Mime type: application/pdf
File size: 449733
Last modified: 2015:10:12 12:10:58-06:00
Filename: BMCME_2006.pdf
Original checksum: c4b06c113720111afd47c0a0c34fe6c8
Well formed: false
Valid: false
Status message: Unexpected error in findFonts java.lang.ClassCastException: edu.harvard.hul.ois.jhove.module.pdf.PdfSimpleObject cannot be cast to edu.harvard.hul.ois.jhove.module.pdf.PdfDictionary offset=5762
Status message: Invalid Annotation list offset=5762
Status message: Outlines contain recursive references.
File title: Abstract
Activity of users you follow
User Activity Date