Archived Events & Newsletters


Jun 25, 2019 | 0900 - 1030 AM MST

The inaugural meeting took place on June 25, 2019 with representation from every province except Québec. To identify key areas for national focus, we shared and discussed challenges, provincial priorities, and current initiatives/programs.

  1. Establish a CKM discussion platform in order to optimize care, health outcomes, well-being and independence for patients choosing CKM
  2. Collaborate nationally to develop customizable tools & publish a national consensus on key components of CKM
  3. Create a National CKM Community of Practice (COP) to continually improve practices to reduce variations and better integrate CKM within existing systems.
All are welcome to participate, including patients. Please contact Kirby Scott at or by phone at (780) 492-0457 for more information on how to get involved.

View Dr. Sara Davison’s presentation for the Canadian CKD Clinic Network webinar series to learn about the current opportunities to help create a National CKM Toolkit.

Jun 10, 2019 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM

The Conservative Kidney Management (CKM) pathway project was established to develop, implement and evaluate a clinical pathway in Northern and Central Alberta nephrology clinics, in collaboration with stakeholders throughout the province including healthcare practitioners across the continuum of care, patients, and families. The pathway has been transitioned to operations within Alberta Kidney Care and we want to thank every person who has helped to make this initiative so successful!

The hard work and dedication of everyone involved has recently been recognized by Alberta Health Services’ 2019 President’s Excellence Award in the Outstanding Achievement in Innovation and Research Excellence category. This award recognizes an individual/team who demonstrates outstanding improvements to quality care, patient experience, patient or population health outcomes and/or health system performance through the successful introduction of an innovation or research project.

A hundred and fifty-three nominations were received that spanned all corners of the province and came from a wide variety of care settings. They demonstrated the amazing work AHS staff, physicians and volunteers have achieved to improve the lives of Albertans. You can read about the nominees and recipients here.

Jun 1, 2018 | 12 PM

Congratulations to everyone involved in the provincial Conservative Kidney Management (CKM) project which was announced as one of four winners of the 2018 Patient Experience Awards by the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA). The award is to recognize and celebrate initiatives that improve the patient experience in accessing and receiving healthcare services.

Applications spanned all corners of the province and came from a wide variety of care settings. They reflected the diverse healthcare needs of Albertans, and many initiatives specifically considered how to improve the patient, resident, client and family experience for vulnerable populations. You can read about the recipients here.

As part of this award, the winners received funding to participate in a patient experience, quality, or patient safety education event. They also had the opportunity to share more about their program through a public webcast hosted by the HQCA. A recording of the webcast can be viewed here.

Mar 9-10, 2018

The theme of the 2018 Alberta Kidney Days conference was Connections Across the Care Continuum. The conference brought together attendees from diverse healthcare disciplines/settings and others who have an interest in the prevention and management of kidney disease to provide learning, networking and knowledge translation opportunities. The conference included a workshop stream showcasing Conservative Kidney Management (CKM) and its impact on patient care. 
Stakeholders from across Alberta such as, Nephrologists, Clinical Nurse Educators, frontline CKD clinic staff, and patients and their family members came together to share their experience with the Conservative Kidney Management pathway.
The CKM stream covered several important topics such as:
  • Shared Decision Making and the Choice for Conservative Kidney Management
  • Patient and Caregiver's Experience with CKM
  • Development of the interactive web-based CKM pathway tool
  • Implementation of the CKM pathway
  • Integrating Kidney, Primary and Palliative Care

Dec 12, 2017 | 12 - 1 PM

The Conservative Kidney Management project hosted a Provincial Telehealth to showcase updates & new features on the online, interactive:
  • Patient Decision Aid
  • Clinical Guidelines

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Nov 21, 2017 | 9 - 4 PM

After 14 months of piloting the CKM Clinical Pathway, pilot sites gathered on Nov 21, 2017 for the 3 rd and final Innovation Collaborative. There was a lot of positive energy in the room as people shared their success stories, engaged in troubleshooting, and brainstormed about transitioning from a pilot program into operations.  Sites also shared their scorecards and updated their action plans. Sites have found the Quality Improvement process effective and want to continue tracking their patient outcomes in operations.
Stakeholders from primary care, home care, EMS, acute care, facility living, and the Kidney Foundation also contributed to the day, helping to identify ways to improve continuity of care and spread CKM care to other regions and programs.
Renal staff were also presented the AHS Great Teams, Great Care Award in recognition of their work on the CKM Project!

April 6, 2017 | 9 - 4 PM

The 4 Renal Insufficiency Clinic Pilot sites had an opportunity to reflect on their quality improvement scorecards and action plans over the past 6 months, at our 2 nd CKM Innovation Collaborative on 06 April 2017. In addition to the nurses, dieticians and social workers working in the clinics, we also had collaborators present from a variety of health care backgrounds: emergency, EMS, long term care, home care, family medicine and palliative care – within rural and urban settings.
The clinics had an opportunity to share their successes and challenges while caring for clients on the CKM pathway. In addition to learning about our community collaborators, teams had an opportunity to review where they are focusing their efforts, modify their quality indicators and update their action plans.