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This website makes Cochrane evidence readily accessible through weekly blogs and articles containing new or updated Cochrane reviews on health topics. Different series of blogs are aimed at patients and carers, healthcare professionals and policymakers, and academics and researchers. The site features a number of discussion forums.
A free, interactive and self-paced module designed for public health practitioners, program managers/directors and staff responsible for finding and assessing research evidence to support decisions about public health interventions. Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews gives you the knowledge you need to quickly and efficiently appraise review-level research evidence to inform your public health decisions. Check out Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews in the Learning Centre now!
A new study published by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) examines the role of union actors in the return to work of people who experienced depression, and their perspectives on factors that facilitate or hinder return to work.
This action-research report published by the MSSS examines improvement practices related to the prevention of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. The project aimed to develop, test and evaluate on an ongoing basis a collaborative approach between DSP, CSSS and clinical settings, focused on a strategy of sustained support or facilitation to better integrate prevention in clinician practices.
In Ontario, data shows low rates of adherence to clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for stage II/IIIA resected and stage IIIA/IIIB unresected non-small cell lung cancer. This study examines the treatment decisions made for these Ontario patients and concludes that the implementation of CPGs was not supported by clinical administrative leadership.
This American systematic review draws on a literature review and interviews with participants in evidence-based programs to examine the benefits and challenges of engaging stakeholders in the systematic review process. Benefits include the prioritization of research topics, pragmatic feedback, and easier dissemination and uptake of research.
The UK government is working with local authorities to redesign public services so they deliver better outcomes and value for money. This cost benefit guidance was developed to help local services evaluate service-transformation proposals and better understand their potential economic and public benefits across communities and organizations.
Originally published in Australia, this short book has been expanded from a university postgraduate-level course on scientific research. Aimed at novice researchers in academic settings, the book provides a framework to complete the transition to independent research and contains guideline proposals and self-help exercises. Many topics are discussed such as the nature of research and innovation, the life cycle of a project, how to plan and manage a project, and communicating research.
This article by US researchers describes the 10 building blocks of high-performance primary care. They include four foundational elements: engaged leadership, data-driven improvement, empanelment (linking a patient with a care team) and team-based care. These support the implementation of six other elements — patient-team partnership, population management, care continuity, access, coordination, and a template for future care.
Accurate information transfer is important to continuity of care and patient safety. This study from the Netherlands describes barriers to the redesign of a model for information transfer in acute care, most of which stem from existing organizational routines.
Sponsored by the Section on Evidence Based Health Care of the New York Academy of Medicine, the TEACH program uses small group learning supplemented by plenary sessions to improve health practitioner skills in incorporating research evidence into healthcare delivery. This course takes place August 6 to 8, 2014, in New York. Three tracks are proposed: individual patient care, clinical policies and improvement strategies.
This training program offered by INSPQ and the Réseau de recherche en santé des populations du Québec provides online tools and practical exercises that enable participants to learn how to implement knowledge transfer processes. It is intended for public health and other actors in the health and social services network who are charged with facilitating knowledge transfer. The course takes place from May 5 to June 13, 2014, and the deadline for registration is May 1.
A continuously updated and freely accessible repository of policy-relevant documents that address health system transformation in Ontario has been launched by the McMaster Health Forum. The Ontario Health System Documents Portal is housed within Health Systems Evidence, and includes 25 document types that can support health system policymakers and stakeholders working in priority areas identified by the Government of Ontario.
This report investigates the evolving function and best practices of Ontario’s hospital-based Patient/Family Advisory Councils (PFACs): one mechanism some hospitals are using – among other approaches – to advance patient/family engagement and patient-centred care.
The 2014 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum will focus on “Putting Research to Work”. We will examine the results of Knowledge Mobilization activities that lead to social and economic innovation – for individuals, families, communities, businesses, non-profit organizations and international collaborative agencies. The event will take place in Saskatoon, SK on June 9 & 10, 2014. Based on a number of requests, we are extending the Call for Content to midnight of April 30, 2014.