Knowledge Translation (KT)

Co-Lead: France Légaré. Sophie Desroches

Co-Investigators Joyce Dogba, Monika Kastner, Helene Lee-Goselin, Lori McCallum, Monica Parry, Mary-Claude Tremblay, Holly Witteman, Catherine Yu

Project Coordinator: Adriana Freitas

The Knowledge Translation (KT) Goal- Directed Research Program, under the co-leadership of Drs. Sophie Desroches and France Légaré (University of Laval), has established an integrated program with Diabetes Action Canada to facilitate the application of research findings into healthcare practices. The goal is to facilitate the support for new models of care that will result in better outcomes and better experience for individuals living with diabetes at reduced cost.

To date, our KT team has assisted our researchers in evaluating the potential to scale-up their successful evidence-based products. Some examples of our KT research program in action are below:

  • Our newly formed Research Program in Aging, Community and Population Health Research has consulted this group to scale their successful program of implementing home care with the elderly living with diabetes. This Research Program went on to secure funding from CIHR to implement the envisioned scale-up of this important program in Ontario, Quebec and PEI.
  • Our Digital Care team has worked with our KT team to enable Quebec-based primary care data from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network to populate our proof-of-concept National Diabetes Repository.
  • Our Diabetic Retinopathy Goal-Directed Program has used the expertise of our KT program to identify and understand barriers faced by ethno-cultural minorities with a high risk of Diabetic Retinopathy face in our health care system and enablers to overcome these barriers.

Our KT Research Program is also working collaboratively with our Patient Partners, to conduct an environmental scan of the KT tools available across Canada relevant to Diabetes Action Canada activities.  The goal is to create a ‘KT toolkit’ of existing evidence-based approaches in diabetes care for dissemination to physicians and health care professionals to standardize improved care.    This is being done in close collaboration with investigators who were engaged in the development of the 2018 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines and has the potential in inform the Diabetes Canada initiative for developing a ‘National Diabetes Strategy’.  This team is also creating a research plan for analyzing the impact of networking (internal and external) within Diabetes Action Canada.  This will provide tangible evidence of the impact of our research Network and how we have help to prevent diabetes complications.

To add to our KT tool kit please contact

Protocol for environmental scan can be found here