Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
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We are a network of over 4,200 researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, educators and students working together to improve health services in British Columbia, Canada. To explore this website, use the navigation links on the left hand side and the Search tool. Join InspireNet to keep up to date on fresh web content and to join the discussion and Action Teams.

Connecting People, Ideas and Solutions.

Special Message to InspireNet Members

May 25, 2016
To our membership,
This note is to tell you about InspireNet’s transition to support an exciting new initiative in BC whose aims are aligned with InspireNet’s vision to improve healthcare through research. Details of the transition, what it means or may mean for members, and what you’ll hear next, are below. In the meantime, please feel free to be in touch with any questions.
As you are likely aware, InspireNet has been funded since 2009 through an award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)’s BC Nursing Research Initiative. The network has worked to create and share health services knowledge; strengthen research and knowledge translation capacity; and, facilitate innovation in the delivery of health services. Initially our membership focused on nursing. As the network grew, our mandate expanded to become interprofessional, morphing InspireNet to InspireNet 2.0. Currently our membership is over 4,200 individuals interested in health services research; about 60% of them work in BC’s health authorities, 25% work or study in BC’s post-secondary institutions, and the remainder work in smaller organizations or are outside of BC.
As has been previously communicated, due to the demonstrated successes of the network and the generosity of MSFHR, funding for the network through its initial award was extended to a current end date of May 31, 2016.
At this juncture we are pleased to announce that the network will transition to become the communications platform for the emerging BC SUPPORT Unit (BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit),  a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. The BC SUPPORT Unit is part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is also now part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s interim board providing governance and oversight.
The BC SUPPORT Unit is in process of contracting with InspireNet to transition into the Unit’s virtual platform in the areas of networking, professional development, knowledge translation, communications and evaluation.  Planning for this transition – and the services that will be offered, and to whom – is still in the early stages; however, the network will continue to follow the existing management model: the University of Victoria will serve as the ‘host’ in partnership with the Provincial Health Services Authority, and management of the network will continue in a collaborative leadership model with co-leaders from academia and practice, supported by a network manager who will work closely with the SUPPORT Unit team.
What does this mean for existing members? Again, it is early days, but we expect there will be services, initiatives and opportunities that will be of interest to you, as they will build on the strong foundation that InspireNet and its members have created.  Additionally, BC AHSN, whose purposes will be broader than the BC SUPPORT Unit and will include the translation of evidence-based solutions into system wide implementation, will be exploring how it can build on this new platform working with us and the SUPPORT Unit. As we collaborate with the BC SUPPORT Unit and BC AHSN on this transition, we will be exploring how our members could benefit from, contribute to and participate in this exciting work that is underway in BC.  We’ll provide you with additional details as developments unfold.
In the meantime, the website, and its collection of curated resources, including recordings of past webinars, will be available until October 31, 2016.
Warm regards,

InspireNet’s Management Team:

  • Noreen Frisch, RN PhD, Professor, University of Victoria | InspireNet Academic Co-Lead
  • Heather Straight, RN, BScN, MN, Director Academic Education, Provincial Health Services Authority | InspireNet Practice Co-Lead
  • Pat Atherton, BCom, MPA, InspireNet Manager

Invitation to Participate: Studies


Development of a Clinical Patient Summary Screen

A Masters of Nursing and Health Information Science student is looking for nurses working in chronic disease management clinics for chronic kidney disease and/or diabetes. If you are a registered nurse working within a clinic that provides chronic disease management to patients with either diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease you are invited to participate in a three part study aimed at designing an electronic patient summary screen for nurses managing patients with multiple chronic diseases. The first part is an online questionnaire that will take 15-30min to complete. The second part is a follow up interview based on your responses to the questionnaire that will take 30-45min to complete. The final part is another online questionnaire that will validate the design of an electronic summary screen designed from the results of the questionnaires and interviews of participants. Please contact vmkinch@uvic.ca to participate.

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/Dev-Clin-Patient-Summary-Screen


Balance Recovery Study

The Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab at Simon Fraser University is looking for women over the age of 65 to participate in a balance recovery study. Trips and slips are a common problem among older people. We are currently testing a device (exoskeleton) to assist the ability to recover from slips and trips. We are looking for women over the age of 65 that are willing to participate in one session (approximately 3-4 hours in length) at SFU Burnaby Campus (8888 University Drive). During the session, you will perform a variety of balance tasks while wearing a hip exoskeleton. The session can be scheduled according to your availability and you will be compensated up to $100 cash for your time and travel costs. If you are: A woman of the age 65 or over; Able to stand up and walk unassisted (without the use of a walking aide) a distance of at least 10 m;  Have no diagnosed neurological or physical diseases that affect gait or balance please contact us for more information at shanev@sfu.ca

Details: http://www.sfu.ca/tips.html


Snapshots of Mobility

We would like to invite you to participate in a Photovoice research study. You can participate if you are: 55 years of age or older; have access to a camera. All you need to do is take a photograph and submit it to us with a short description. When you choose what to photograph, think about: “What does ‘Community Mobility’ mean to you?” We are particularly interested in hearing about what makes it easy or harder to be out in the community, what being in the community means, and/or how to be physically active in the community setting. Through this process we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the perceptions around being active in the community and how people explain and reflect on their community experiences. Enter to WIN the spring prize when you submit a photo!! More details: Nicola Cherneski or Laura Burnett. Principal Investigator: Dr. Maureen Ashe, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM), UBC, Tel: 604-675-2574.

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/document/snapshots-mobility


Employment and Arthritis: Making it Work

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an on-line eLearning program designed to help people with inflammatory arthritis stay employed and deal with employment issues. This is a randomized controlled trial, meaning you have a 50-50 chance of getting the program now or at the end of the study (in 3-5 years). The program consists of 5 modules that you complete online and 5 group meetings held online once every 2 weeks, followed by assessments by health care professionals. To be eligible, you must:Be between the ages of 18 and 59;Have an inflammatory type of arthritis;Be currently working in paid employment;Have access to a computer with high speed internet. Contact: http://makingitwork@arthritisresearch.ca

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/document/employment-and-arthritis-making-it-work


The Equity Lens in Public Health Research Project

The Equity Lens in Public Health Research Project is looking to interview public health nurses/practitioners who deliver services that include a focus on mental health promotion and/or the prevention of harms of substance use (including harm reduction). The goal of this study is to understand  ethical issues in public health and how public health practitioners work though them. Interviews usually take no more than one hour and can be done over the phone, at your convenience. This study has full ethics approval in all regional Health Authorities, as well as PHSA, UBC, and UVic. The Primary Investigator for this study is Dr. Bernadette Pauly. For more information about the study or to schedule an interview, please contact Research Assistant Tina Revai.


Transition to Retirement: Perceptions and Impacts of Health Care Workers in BC

We are interviewing people who are within 5-10 years of retirement. We are interested in their planning for retirement; how they are feeling about retirement; the challenges they face and what they are doing to manage those challenges. We are also looking to compare men and women in terms of how they feel about retirement, what they plan to do and strategies they are taking to transition to retirement. Finally, we will ask about the challenges that they perceive in health care as they depart and how has the health care culture changed over time. If you wish to participate contact UVic's Diana Campbell (250 920 8741), noting Transition to Retirement in the subject line.

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/Transition-to-Retirement

InspireNet News

InspireNet's New Infographic

November 2015

Check out InspireNet's infographic, illustrating network progress at November 2015. Click the image below to open the infographic (.pdf).

Announcement: Extension

August 2015

InspireNet is pleased to announce that our funder, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, has kindly approved an extension of our grant term, using remaining funds, until May 31, 2016. We look forward to continuing support of BC's health services research community and extend sincere thanks to MSFHR for approval of this extension.

Announcement: InspireNet Change of Leadership

May 2016

After serving as InspireNet’s practice co-leader for the past year, Sherry Hamilton is stepping down, and we are pleased to announce that taking on the role is Heather Straight, RN, BScN, MN, Director Academic Education, Provincial Health Services Authority. Please join us in thanking Sherry for her service to the network, and in welcoming Heather.

- Noreen Frisch, academic co-leader & Pat Atherton, manager

Leverage InspireNet

Become a member to gain full access to this site (free). To login to the site, click the blue Login button in the top right hand corner of this page;  then you can Join the Discussion and Action Teams, and explore our Members' Database.

To learn more about current InspireNet Action Teams, follow this link.

Various Action Teams organize webinars which are available only to their team members. Therefore, in order to access them you need to join the appropriate team.

To Join an Action Team and to Access your Electronic Community of Practice (eCoP) and its webinars archive: Login to the website (blue button, top right hand side) and click My Teams. The list of eCoPs you're subscribed to as well as teams you can join will appear. Select the team you want to visit or be added to.

Resource to help nurses map their research careers

Health Services Researcher Pathway

A resource commissioned by MSFHR will help define how nurses progress throughout their careers in developing knowledge, skills, and competencies related to research and research use.The Health Services Researcher Pathway, developed through the BC Nursing Research Initiative, describes five distinct levels of nurses’ research competency. The document is intended to support greater use of research at the point of care, where most nurses work. This framework was informed by published literature, as well as consultation with stakeholders from across BC, including nurses in practice. The pathway was developed by a project team co-led by Noreen Frisch (director, University of Victoria School of Nursing) and Sherry Hamilton (chief nursing and liaison officer, Provincial Health Services Authority).

Details: http://www.msfhr.org/health-services-researcher-pathway-0

From the Knowledge to Action Team

Webinar recordings are open to the general public: details are here

1. Lunch & Learn Webinars: Open to All

Do you want to learn more about knowledge translation?

An initiative from the Knowlege to Action (KTA) Team for all members is the launching of a webinar series focused on knowledge translation. All are welcome; no need to RSVP. Webinars are recorded for future viewing.

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/Lunch-Learn-KT-Webinars


2. Researchers & Evaluators: Invitation to our Virtual Podium

Virtual Podium Webinars: Open to All

Attention novice/ experienced researchers & evaluators!

  • Do you want to get your research out?
  • Would you like to share your knowledge in a particular subject area?

Step up to our virtual podium! InspireNet is now offering BC's health services research community free use of our electronic platform to produce webinars and recordings for research dissemination to InspireNet members and on the open internet.

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/KT-Invitation-Virtual-Podium

November 2015

InspireNet Webinars:
Knowledge Dissemination in Action at the Point of Care

Did you know? Many InspireNet teams organize webinars to provide free educational opportunities. The Knowledge to Action Team also organizes webinars related to knowledge translation. Participation options are synchronous (i.e. in real time) or asynchronous (i.e. viewing a recording).

InspireNet webinar stats since 2011:

160+:   Number of webinars held

2,116:   Average number of participants (asynchronous and synchronous)

>20,000:   Number of contact hours: 2,800 synchronous; 18,000 asynchronous.

Read our new report: http://www.inspirenet.ca/document/webinar-stats-oct-2015

BC KT Community of Practice

The BC KT Community of Practice featured InspireNet as a knowledge translation vehicle through the webinar: Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Health Services: Tech-enabled KT Close to Care.

►View the recording here: http://goo.gl/2k3iO5

Research teams: Use InspireNet’s e-platform in new ways!

Consider 2 ways that your team can leverage InspireNet’s established and proven e-platform:

1. Research Team eCoP
If you are a prospective or newly emerging health research team with BC representation, you can apply for an InspireNet eCoP, which is closed for use by your team members only, to support the work of your team:

  • during proposal development, and if successful
  • during project work

An eCoP gives your team a ‘virtual home’ via a password protected web presence where you can share documents and collaborate online. Webconferencing supports communication through your computer.

2. Knowledge Translation (KT) eCoP
If you are an established research or knowledge translation team, you can apply for an InspireNet eCoP to support KT activities when your team is at the point of readiness to do that. An example of this is the MSFHR-funded iPANEL Team which is using an InspireNet eCoP and webinars to meet their KT goals. An eCoP supports KT by giving you an easy way to present your project via webinar/recordings of webinars, and to hold online discussions.

 Visit the detailed webpage for research teams

Navigating the Website

Did you know? To find content on the content-rich InspireNet website you can use the powerful search engine, which appears in the big green box near the top left of all webpages on our website ("Search this Site"). When logged in, your search includes InspireNet's database and content in your Action Teams' eCoPs.

Any item on this website in blue is a hyperlink. Click on it to go to the linked page.

Most people don't know about the Ctrl+F trick: if you enter a large webpage anywhere on the internet, you can find specific content by holding down the Ctrl button then pressing the F key (Command+F on a Mac). This will pop open a finder in your web browser where you can enter the word or term you're looking for. More about this is available in this article.

You can also check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for tips.

Bookmark your content

At the bottom of the webpage you'll see an option to "Add to My Library"; click this to bookmark the content for later review. Then, when you have time, click View My Content, then the My Library link in the left hand navigation to review your previously bookmarked content which will appear in a table display. You can remove items from your library on either the webpage or from your library.

Leveraging Linkedin

Many InspireNet members are leveraging professional social media using Linkedin, which provides a way to create your own professional network. If you have a Linkedin profile, you can now add the link to your InspireNet Members' database profile, making it even more powerful in making connections.

To add your Linkedin profile to your InspireNet Members' Database profile

Webinar Recordings

InspireNet teams convene webinars which are recorded for future viewing. Webinars are open to different audiences. Some are open to:

  • the general public
  • InspireNet members
  • InspireNet's Action Team members

Full details on all webinar recordings are available here.

About InspireNet

InspireNet is a component of the BC Nursing Research Initiative funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2009 – 2015).

By bringing people and knowledge together in new ways, InspireNet creates collaborative advantage and builds capacity for nursing health services research in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.

InspireNet welcomes a diverse range of researchers, clinicians and policy makers from various professions and disciplines who seek linkages and partnerships with nursing health services researchers.

Learn more: http://www.inspirenet.ca/about

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