APPLAUD Action Series

Learning and working together in primary care to improve the quality of care for patients living with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).

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Approaches and Pharmacotherapies for Patients Living with Alcohol Use Disorder (APPLAUD) is a four-month interactive action series focused on sharing knowledge and tools that improve the quality of primary care for patients living with AUD in BC. APPLAUD is offered by Health Quality BC in partnership with the Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society, with support from health system partners including the BC Centre on Substance Use and funding from the Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions. 

Through APPLAUD, participants will connect with colleagues and experts to help put evidence-informed and patient-centred approaches into practice to better screen, diagnose and treat people living with AUD. We are seeking participants working in primary care to join this four-month action series from April to July 2024. 

Applications are open! 

We’ve extended our application deadline! Apply by March 15 to participate in the APPLAUD Action Series. Funding is available for practitioner and medical office assistant time to attend. 

Watch this short clip featuring Andrew Ashley, a rural family physician practicing in Princeton, BC, sharing his experience in treating and supporting patients in meeting their AUD care goals. By joining APPLAUD, participants can hear from speakers like Andrew to gain knowledge, skills and tools to apply to their own practice. 

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Did you know?

About a fifth of Canadians have had AUD in their lifetime, yet it is a significantly under-treated condition in communities across Canada.*

Less than 5% of eligible patients actually receive evidence-informed AUD pharmacotherapies.*

Recently released national clinical guidelines for high-risk drinking and AUD outline under-utilized approaches to AUD care proven to be more effective than traditional methods of treatment.*

APPLAUD Actions Series Questions and Answers

Approaches and Pharmacotherapies for Patients Living with Alcohol Use Disorder (APPLAUD) is a four-month virtual interactive action series occurring from April to July 2024 that is focused on sharing knowledge and tools that improve the quality of primary care for patients living with AUD in BC.  

The action series will feature virtual learning sessions, resources, tools, and quality improvement coaching support, connecting primary care practitioners and their teams with colleagues and experts to help put evidence-informed and patient-centred approaches into practice to improve screening, diagnosis and treatment of AUD.  

APPLAUD is offered by Health Quality BC in partnership with the Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society, with support from health system partners including the BC Centre on Substance Use and funding from the Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions. 

  • Application period: February – March, 2024 
  • Pre-work (orientation tasks): March 2024 
  • Four virtual 90-minute learning sessions (0800-0930 PT):  
    • April 3, May 8, June 12 and July 17, 2024 
  • Team huddles between learning sessions, held in your office 
  • Simple monthly measurement to track improvements (e.g. the number of patients screened per week or month) ~1 hour per month

Anyone who is interested in improving AUD care in primary care!

Participants are highly encouraged to apply with their primary care teams. APPLAUD teams will ideally have 3-4 team members, and can be composed of physicians, medical office assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, mental health/substance use service practitioners, and/or other allied health professionals.

If you have any questions about creating a team or the application process, please contact us at substanceuse@healthqualitybc.ca.

There is no charge to participate in the APPLAUD Action Series.  

Funding is available for participants who are not compensated through salary or contract to participate in action series activities. This will include up to one medical office assistant and two practitioners per team for time away from clinical care to attend learning sessions and completion of quick and simple data collection each month. Compensation will be based on current sessional or hourly rates. Activities eligible for funding will not include individual team huddles or time to engage in project work. 

If you have questions about available funding and support in your area, please email substanceuse@healthqualitybc.ca.  

Have more questions about APPLAUD? Email us at substanceuse@healthqualitybc.ca.

Apply by March 15 to Participate in the APPLAUD Action Series