Health systems worldwide are facing pressure to deliver better patient care and outcomes, at the same time that health care demand is increasing and health resources are strained. By supporting areas of need for urgent seminal knowledge, ABJHI and its partners are intensifying research efforts that help inform effective strategies in improving patient health across Alberta. We provide data, trainees and work closely with both clinical and academic professionals. We welcome research applications for data extracts and/or to collaborate on research projects focusing on research priorities for musculoskeletal health

Data custodians of the ABJHI data repository may request their own data at any time, apart from the intake process. If the custodian wishes to link their data with data from other custodians, or have analysis completed for their data, the request will proceed through the research intake process.

Data extraction requests are not required to fit within the priority areas, whereas, requests for analytic and/or project management services must. Research priorities are intended to define areas of need for urgent seminal knowledge. Through this prioritized approach, ABJHI can intensify research efforts that help inform effective strategies in improving patient health across Alberta. At the same time, we maintain the flexibility to respond to emerging needs and to consider the merits of individual projects that may contribute to other worthwhile goals.

Research Priorities

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Health System Design and Change Management

  • Centralized Intake
  • Multi-disciplinary Assessment
  • Referral Management
  • Current State
  • Care Pathways

Personalized Medicine

  • Shared Decision Making
  • Self-Management
  • Appropriateness

Remote Assessment/eHealth



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Consultation Service (Optional)

We provide up to 2 hours of complimentary initial project discussion and/or exploration into ABJHI’s data repository. Through this process, ABJHI can also provide letters of support for securing grant and funding support from other agencies prior to a research application with ABJHI.


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Submit Application*

Remit application fee of $500 online or by cheque payable to Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute. Review of application will begin when payment is received.

*All research projects must be ethically approved. An FAQ document on ABJHI data processes has been prepared to assistant applicants in filling out required information for REB applications.
The document is available upon request.


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Application Review

We will review the application and proposed research to determine completeness, fit with priorities, and required resources. A decision will be returned to the applicant within two weeks of ABJHI receiving the completed form and payment.

If approved, the applicant receives a Conditional Acceptance Package including: a decision letter, a research data use agreement, and a proposed budget.

If the request is not approved, the applicant is notified of the reason for the decision.