About Us

Established in October 2015, APERSU is an intermediary office that connects the EuroQol foundation with non-commercial users of EQ-5D instruments and other patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in the province of Alberta, Canada. This unit secures licensing for the use of EQ-5D instruments, and supports research and use of other PROMs in Alberta.


APERSU’s vision is “to improve decisions by end-users and stakeholders about health and health care in Alberta by promoting, coordinating, and supporting the use of EQ-5D and other patient-reported outcome measures for the measurement and valuation of health”.


APERSU’s objectives include:

Partnerships and Agreements

APERSU was developed in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA), the EuroQol Foundation, and Alberta Health, and is hosted at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Organizational Structure

The APERSU Team includes Co-Directors Dr. Jeff Johnson & Dr. Arto Ohinmaa, Research Manager Dr. Fatima Al Sayah, and Research Administrator Sherry Lydynuik. The team is supported by a Board of Directors with representatives from Alberta Health Services, Health Quality Council of Alberta, University of Alberta – School of Public Health and the EuroQol Foundation. We also host a Primary Care Networks (PCN) Working Group, including representatives from PCNs around Alberta, and a Patient Engagement Network, including patient partners.

APERSU Members

Jeffrey A. Johnson, PhDAPERSU Co-Director
Arto Ohinmaa, Ph.DAPERSU Co-Director
Fatima Al Sayah, PhDAPERSU Research Manager
Sherry LydynuikAPERSU Administrative Manager
Hilary Short, MScAPERSU Research Coordinator
Allison Soprovich, BScN, MPHAPERSU End-User Support Lead
Lisa Wozniak, MAResearch Associate

Kristin Swampy, RN BScN
APERSU Research Assistant

Stafford Dean, PhD [Chair]Board of Directors
A. Simon Pickard, PhDBoard of Directors
Markus Lahtinen, PhDBoard of Directors
Alex Alexander, MDBoard of Directors
Jiabi (Jacqueline) Wen, MScAPERSU Research Trainee
Ademola ItiolaAPERSU Research Trainee
Lilla RoyAPERSU Research Trainee

Summer Internships

This program aims to encourage a new generation of talented young researchers to pursue research and careers in health status measurement and health services research. Interns receive invaluable, direct experience working on specific projects under the guidance of academic members during the summer months (between May and August).





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