Undergraduate Summer Student Job Details

Reducing Waiting Time and Emergency Room Visits for Cirrhosis Patients Needing Paracentesis: A Quality Improvement Project
Puneeta Tandon
1706, College Plaza 8215 - 112 Street NW Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8

Ascites build up is a very common complication in patients with advanced cirrhosis. For some patients paracentesis (needle drainage) is required for symptom control. With a growing number of patients with ascites across the province and fewer beds available, many of them end up presenting to the emergency room for urgent drainage. The Cirrhosis Care Alberta (CCAB) program is a province-wide project aimed at improving the quality of care for patients with cirrhosis. One of our priorities is to improve outpatient access to paracentesis.

The successful applicant will work with our research team to collect and analyze data about how patients in Edmonton are currently accessing paracentesis. Additionally, the student will have the opportunity to develop skills in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis within a quality improvement framework. Experience with statistical software is considered an asset. As this position is contingent on funding, applicants will be expected to apply for studentship awards (which our team will help to facilitate).

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