Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC)

What is ARTIC?

The Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program is a proven model that accelerates the spread and implementation evidence-based health care interventions into broader clinical practice across Ontario’s health system.


Too often research evidence that improves quality care is successfully implemented and adopted into practice in one organization, yet this knowledge is never spread to other organizations. The ARTIC Program’s unique model of supporting and accelerating the use of evidence-based care means we’re able to implement change a lot faster – within 2 years, instead of 17.

By helping to quickly and effectively spread evidence-based interventions, ARTIC ensures patients across Ontario receive the highest quality care.

How does ARTIC work?

Every year, the ARTIC Program issues a call for proposals for projects that will spread high-impact clinical interventions or practice changes that proven to work and are ready for spread. After completing a comprehensive review process, a project(s) is selected to spread across Ontario’s health system.

Effective evidence implementation and change management requires large investments of time, resources and knowledge.

ARTIC breaks down the barriers that commonly prevent uptake using a model that is based on five enablers:  strategic selection of interventions that have the potential for high impact; education and training; guidance and facilitating; executive championship and a clear governance structure; and evaluation.

ARTIC’s unique and proven infrastructure brings evidence-based care faster and more consistently to more people in Ontario and is now a resource for all health care organizations across Ontario.

Do you have proven research evidence that has already been implemented and is now ready for spread? Stay tuned for ARTIC’s annual call for proposals.


The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) originally developed the ARTIC Program in 2010 to accelerate the adoption of research evidence within hospital settings. In 2014, CAHO and Health Quality Ontario (HQO) formed a partnership to transition ARTIC into a provincial resource to support the rapid implementation of evidence-based interventions across the range of health care delivery organizations in Ontario.

Current ARTIC Projects

  • Primary Care Memory Clinics, led by Dr. Linda Lee, enable family doctors in rural, remote and underserved Ontario communities to provide better care for those living with memory disorders. More than 85 memory clinics have been established across Ontario. With support from ARTIC, Dr. Lee will train clinicians and other health professionals in an additional 17 clinics in isolated and underserviced communities, accelerating the spread of a proven intervention that improves the quality of care for people living with dementia.
  • Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading, led by Dr. Donna McRitchie and Deepak Sharma (North York General Hospital), aims to enable the adoption of hospital-relevant Choosing Wisely recommendations among the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care Innovation, as well as targeted primary care recommendations across the associated Departments of Family and Community Medicine. The project will also develop implementation toolkits to be shared with health care providers across Canada.


Five years after its creation, ARTIC was validated as a proven model for accelerating and supporting the sustainable and wide-spread implementation of research evidence. Read about CAHO’s evaluation of the ARTIC program.

Now in partnership with Health Quality Ontario, ARTIC has expanded as a provincial resource to accelerate the spread of proven health care across Ontario into broader clinical practice. Read about our ARTIC Special Event in 2014, when CAHO became partners with Health Quality Ontario.