Implementation of PTSI programs in Alberta first responder organizations

Reasons for the study

The prevalence of post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) among first responders is extremely high and often leads to work disability. Studies have shown that organizational policies and practices have an important impact on PTSI. Moreover, our previous research revealed that while Alberta first responder workplaces are developing PTSI policies and programs, there are challenges to program implementation.

Based upon evidence from the interviews and workshops with first responders about their experiences with program implementation, the team will synthesize findings and determine key themes related to implementation processes, including contextual factors, facilitators and barriers. In addition, the workshops will result in co-development of implementation steps that can be shared broadly with Alberta first responder organizations. Working closely with Alberta stakeholders will help ensure the findings are relevant and increase the uptake of knowledge to improve implementation of PTSI policies and programs by first responder organizations in the province.

Objectives of the study

  • Examine current implementation approaches to PTSI policy and program implementation in Alberta first responder organizations.
  • Identify facilitators and challenges to implementation of PTSI policies and programs.
  • Co-develop with stakeholders a practical implementation strategy for PTSI policies and programs, contextualized for Alberta.

Target audience

First responder organizations in Alberta

Related studies

Project status


Research team

  • Dwayne Van Eerd, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
  • Emile Tompa, Institute for Work & Health
  • Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
  • Doug Gross, University of Alberta
  • Monique Gignac, Institute for Work & Health
  • Sharmigaa Ragunathan , Institute for Work & Health

Collaborators and partners

Dr. Megan McElheran, Wayfound Mental Health Group

Funded by

Government of Alberta