The Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE), located within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, was established in 2000 to serve as a resource to individuals and groups interested in using evidence for decision making.
The mandate of ARCHE is to support and foster the development of evidence-informed practice. To achieve this, ARCHE:
- produces high quality evidence syntheses aimed at high priority issues in health;
- advances the methods of conducting randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and evidence syntheses;
- provides training and mentoring to health care professionals, trainees and students;
- conducts knowledge translation activities to help inform clinical and policy decisions.
ARCHE employs a multi-disciplinary team, including epidemiologists, biostatisticians, librarians, project managers, administrative managers, and research assistants, to review evidence for a range of question types (e.g., therapeutic efficacy and effectiveness, safety, diagnosis, prognosis, risk factors, health services delivery) and clinical areas (e.g., emergency medicine, airways diseases, cardiovascular disease, mental health, orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, alternative medicine).
The results of ARCHE's research have been used for a variety of purposes, including the development of clinical practice guidelines, decisions for funding and insurance reimbursement, and recommendations for delivery of health services. Results of research conducted by ARCHE are consistently published in some of the world's most highly cited medical journals, including the Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, and PLoS Medicine. See our publications for more information.
The following are some of the key research initiatives that ARCHE is involved in:
In addition, ARCHE faculty and staff conduct and support investigator-driven research activities in knowledge synthesis and knowledge translation funded through a variety of sources such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS), and the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI).
Education & Training Opportunities
ARCHE provides educational opportunities through a number of means including: working alongside individual clinicians; providing training opportunities for residents, fellows and medical students; supervising summer students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows; presenting workshops and webinars related to critical appraisal and evidence synthesis; and leading a graduate level course in systematic reviews.
We are currently accepting applications for graduate students (master’s and doctoral levels) and post-doctoral fellows. For more information on education and training opportunities please contact us.