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 learn the importance of engaging stakeholders and specifically families to design and implement improvements to care
  2. To consider opportunities to apply the Learning Collaborative approach to implement complex care initiatives
  3. To recognize 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.

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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.

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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.

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