Supporting quality medical practice with evidence-based
research and evaluation


What we do

The Research & Evaluation Unit (REVU) is part of the College’s Continuing Competence Department. REVU focuses on evaluating existing competence programs, and the design of new ones. REVU liaises with CPSA staff as well as with external experts to conduct ethical, relevant, timely, and evidence-based medical research and regulation.

The Importance of Evidence-based Medical Regulation

REVU uses evidence-based medical regulation to guide their work.

Based on Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), evidence-based medical regulation is the conscientious, explicit, judicious and the reasonable use of modern, best evidence in designing and evaluating the effectiveness of competence programs.

REVU integrates experiential knowledge, novel data collection techniques, experimental program design, and outcome evaluation to ensure the best available research information is applied to the College’s work. By continuously improving CPSA’s competence programs, REVU can better support Alberta physicians in remaining competent throughout their careers.

“What research means here… is doing things in the right way… to get an accurate and true answer.”Dr. Nigel Ashworth, CPSA Senior Medical Advisor REVU
All REVU research projects receive ethical approval by the appropriate Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta.

Select Projects & Highlights

  • Contribution to the redesign of the CPSA Competence Programs; Group Practice Review Design; Individual Practice Review Design. (Edmonton, Alberta)

Who are we?


Dr. Nigel Ashworth

Dr. Nigel Ashworth (MSc., MB.ChB., FRCPC) received his medical degree from the University of Lancashire (UK) in 1989. In 1997 he completed his residency training at the University of Saskatchewan in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), and received a Specialist Certificate in PM&R from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. In 2001 Dr. Ashworth completed a Masters degree in Community Health & Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Ashworth is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications in clinical neurophysiology, neuro rehabilitation, and population-based health.


Dr. Nicole Kain

Dr. Nicole Kain (RN, BNSc, MPA, PhD). Nicole received her PhD in Public Health from the University of Alberta in 2017, and was the first doctoral recipient of the Dean’s Gold Medal from the School of Public Health. Her dissertation explored how family physicians in Canada experience public health crises, and the related risk communication processes surrounding such events. Dr. Kain holds Clinical Lecturer Appointments in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. In her role at the CPSA, she participates in qualitative and mixed-methods data collection and analysis processes to guide continuous process improvement, research initiatives and program evaluation, key evaluation questions and outcomes measurement strategies.


Ms. Delaney Wiebe

Ms. Delaney Wiebe (BSc, MPH) received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Alberta in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Certification in Public Health (CPH) through the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Her studies focused on global health and infectious disease surveillance and epidemiology. Ms. Wiebe has experience working with disease prevention and healthcare improvement both locally and globally. She received Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding to pursue a practicum in innovative maternal, newborn, and child health programming with the Canadian Red Cross. In her role at the CPSA, Ms. Wiebe contributes to and supports the research and evaluation initiatives of the Continuing Competence department.


Questions or comments? Suggestions on research proposals or projects?

Contact us at or 780-969-4947