The PEAS Project: Success Transforming Care for Patients with PFD in Alberta Canada

April 13, 2023 2:00 pm

Presentation Summary

The Pediatric Eating and Swallowing Project was a provincial quality improvement project in Alberta, Canada. This presentation will review the key methodologies used in this quality improvement initiative, document the positive quality improvement outcomes and focus on the key role of consultation with the families of children with pediatric feeding disorders throughout the process.

Learning Objectives

  1. To explain the importance of engaging stakeholders and specifically families to design and
    implement improvements to care.
  2. To identify opportunities to apply the Learning Collaborative approach to implement complex
    care initiatives.
  3. To describe the importance of measuring multiple dimensions of quality for a balanced
    approach to evaluation.


  • Sharron Spicer

    Sharron Spicer MD, FRCPC, CCPE

    Sharron Spicer is a pediatrician who has worked with medically complex children for over 20 years. She led the development of the Hospital Pediatrics program at Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) and was later the inaugural Section Chief of Pediatric Palliative Care. Sharron now leads the ACH home enteral nutrition program. She is strongly committed to supporting patient safety, ethics, physician health, and leadership development. She has been the Chair of the ACH Quality Assurance Committee, Serious Safety Event Review team and the Ethics Committee. Sharron currently serves on the Canadian Medical Association’s Committee on Ethics. She teaches Ethics and Pediatrics at the Cumming School of Medicine. She has been a consultant to the Alberta Medical Association in its physician health program and as a Medical Advisor in Professional Affairs. She is now an Associate Chief Medical Officer with Alberta Health Services. She received the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential from the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL) in 2017 and is the Editor-In-Chief of the CSPL’s publication, the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership. She has been a speaker at numerous conferences and educational events. Sharron combines her interests of traveling and exploring in her pastime of geocaching. She makes it her goal to find a new cache in every city where she attends events.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Alberta Children’s Hospital.

    Non-financial Disclosures: None.

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  • Justine Turner

    Justine Turner PhD, MBBS, FRACP

    Justine Turner is a pediatric gastroenterologist and Professor at the University of Alberta. Justine completed her General Pediatrics training in 1996 in Perth, Western Australia. She then completed 7 years of sub-specialty training in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, including a 2-year Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, and 6 years of nutrition research training. She is currently co-lead of a CIHR funded translational research laboratory at the University of Alberta. She is co-principal investigator for the MNCY SCN HOIF II funded Provincial Eating and Swallowing or PEAS Project across Alberta. Her clinical research interests include infant and adolescent nutrition and the effect of chronic gastrointestinal diseases on nutrition. She has been medical lead for the Pediatric Home Nutrition Support Program at Stollery Children’s Hospital, since 2010. Justine is the medical lead for the Celiac Disease Clinic and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Feeding Clinic. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (Nutrition Sector) and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from the University of Alberta. Receives a speaking fee from Nutricia North America and grants from the Baxter Cooperation.

    Non-financial Disclosures: Is a member of the PEAS leadership team that is referenced in her presentation and developed materials for this course.

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  • Juliana Harris

    Juliana Harris B. Comm, MS, Prosci Certified

    Juliana Harris is a Patient & Family Centred Care Project Manager at Alberta Children's Hospital. In her role, Juliana consults with internal service providers to help develop appropriate patient and family engagement strategies for the purpose of better understanding their care experiences to help drive quality and safety improvements. Juliana’s eldest daughter is the source of her passion and commitment to meaningful engage patients and families. Her daughter has Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological and developmental disorder, and inflammatory bowel disease, which has resulted in an everchanging feeding journey that includes sporting a g-tube and receiving the support of different ACH feeding related services.  Juliana has been able to use her blend of personal family experience and professional skill set to collaborate as core member on the PEAS evaluation committee, consult with different working groups, and support the engagement of other families to be involved. 

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Alberta Children’s Hospital.

    Non-financial Disclosures: None.

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