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TARRANT is looking for sentinels (doctors and nurse practitioners) that work in family medicine practices in Alberta. 


What do TARRANT sentinels do?


1) Influenza Surveillance

  • Take nasopharyngeal swabs from patients who present with influenza like illness, record details on patients immunization history and symptoms, and send to provlab. (Compensated $10 per patient)
  • Each week, report the number of patients seen with influenza like illness. (Compensated $5 per report) 

2) Gastroenteritis Surveillance (Community Pediatric Gastroenteritis Surveillance - CPGS study)

  • Collect stool samples from children who present with diarrhoea. (Compensated $20 per patient)
  • Each week, report the number of patients seen with diarrhoea. (Compensated $5 per report)

What are the benefits?

  • Compensation: See above
  • Quick laboratory results – often within 24 hours of arrival at ProvLab.
  • Additional labortaory results - NP swabs also tested for RSV, parainfluenza, coronavirus etc.  
  • CME credits - MainPro-2 for ILI/LRTI study
  • Regular newsletters about influenza activity in Alberta
  • All expense-paid trip to our Annual General Meeting that brings together recorders and experts on influenza
  • Satisfaction of being part of an important surveillance team, interesting research program, and contributing to worldwide public health efforts.

Is there any cost to Sentinels?

  • No! All supplies are provided by TARRANT and are couriered to your office every six weeks or on demand if you run out. TARRANT provides both swab kits for the vaccine effectiveness study and stool collection kits for the rotavirus study.

Ready to Join?

  • If you are a physician or nurse practitioner interested in joining our study please contact us by email at tarrant@ucalgary.ca, or by phone/mail (see contact information) and we will provide you with more details.

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