KT projects, commitments and progress

The Knowledge Translation (KT) Enabling Program, under the co-leadership of Sophie Desroches and France Légaré, has established an integrated program with Diabetes Action Canada with the main objective to facilitate the application of research findings into healthcare practices. Our team supports members of Diabetes Action Canada for contributing to science and practice on how to better move knowledge into practice.  Below are a list of projects currently undertaken by this enabling program:

  1. Building capacity in KT through a scholarship program.  This program is for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are supervised by members of Diabetes Action Canada. This scholarship is in partnership with a pan‐Canadian consortium of knowledge translation scholars, KT Canada.  In 2017-18, 2 PhD students and 2 postdoctoral fellows supervised by members of our Network were awarded KT scholarships.  Awardees are enrolled in KT Canada monthly meetings where they are having the opportunity to learn from and connect with prominent names in KT research. Also, they will participate in a formal KT research training at the KT Canada Summer Institute 2018, in Toronto.  Another round of this program is under consideration for the academic year 2019-2020.
  2. Conduct an environmental scan to create a comprehensive inventory on knowledge translation strategies for preventing diabetes complications that will inform different stakeholders about the current state of KT related products to patient-oriented research methods and evidence in diabetes.  The 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. To add to our KT tool kit, please contact annie.lapointe@fsaa.ulaval.ca.
  3. The scalability assessment tool to allow different stakeholder and interest groups to evaluated the potential of an evidence-practice to be scaled up. This tool was funded by CIHR, validated by the 12 community-based primary health care teams, and published in CMAJ in 2018.  This tool is also used by the Aging, Community and Population Health program as they assess the scalability of their intervention.
  4. Providing expertise for the Diabetes Action Canada ongoing network analysis and evaluation done collaboratively with Mathieu Ouimet and Valeria Rac.  This evaluation will take a scientific approach to measure the interaction of Diabetes Action Canada as a research network and its impact on decision-makers, health professionals and patients.
  5. Conduct a pilot study aiming to prepare for a real-world implementation of an inter-professional approach to shared decision making (SDM) in diabetes care and evaluate its potential to be scaled up.

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