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Knowledge Translation

Knowledge translation facilitates the diffusion of evidence-based innovations into policy and practice.

By mobilizing new, high-quality evidence in a timely manner, we can improve health services and the health care system.

Program Head: Dr. Amy Salmon

The Knowledge Translation Program works in partnership with health care decision-makers, program planners and administrators, clinicians, patients, and researchers to promote and enhance evidence-based policy and practice across all areas of the health system. Engaging collaboratively with the Providence Health Care Office of Innovation, CHÉOS investigators facilitate timely and effective uptake of new knowledge to directly and demonstrably improve patient care and system-level outcomes.

In conjunction with CHEOS’ Program Evaluation division, we also provide consultation services to the research and clinical communities, emphasizing integrated knowledge translation and implementation science in the areas of primary care, mental health, substance use, complex and chronic disease, maternal-child health, pediatrics and adolescent health, public health, emergency medicine, and patient-centred policy and practice.

Examples of current CHÉOS Knowledge Translation projects are below.

Better Nights, Better Days: Collaborations with B.C. Children’s Hospital Sleep/Wake Behaviour Clinic

Funded by NeuroDevNet and the B.C. Ministry of Health, the Better Nights, Better Days team has developed a web app (Sleep/Wake Behaviours App, SWAPP) to facilitate recognition, characterization, and monitoring of sleep problems and daytime effects in children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities. The use of the SWAPP in clinical practice has created evidence for revisiting clinical practice guidelines and improving existing policies by highlighting the fundamental need to recognize and appropriately treat sleep problems in our most vulnerable populations. CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Amy Salmon leads a number of knowledge translation and outcome evaluation activities within this collaborative network of multidisciplinary stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (representing patients) and decision-makers, to ensure rapid and sustainable implementation and policy change.

Heard and Valued: Patient Engagement with Marginalized Populations

Heard and Valued is an online learning module that translates the findings of a research project on engaging marginalized populations in health services planning. This module is available for free to anyone interested in conducting inclusive engagement activities that support diverse populations to participate in health services planning in a meaningful way.

Access the Learning Module

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