InspireNet Blog

May 2016

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.

Read more about our transition here:

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Island Health/UVic's "Unique Submission"  Reflections on the innovative use of storytelling to develop students’ leadership skills

Dr. Wendy Young (Island Health), Dr. Lynne Young (UVic), Dawn Nedzelski (Island Health), Ms. Jennifer Matheson Parkhill (Island Health), and three students from UVic: Ms. Elizabeth Joly, Ms. Tina Choi, and Ms. Chelsey Nelson are thrilled that their showcase submission Reflections on the innovative use of storytelling to develop students’ leadership skills was published in four parts in the Volume 10 Number 3 edition of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics.
You can view their published work at:
Part 1: Preamble:

Free online learning module from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

EIDM Essentials: Key issues in evidence informed decision making!

Don’t have time to complete the full Introduction to Evidence-Informed Decision Making module? This module is for you. EIDM Essentials provides an overview of the EIDM process using a realistic public health scenario. This free, interactive and self-paced module can be completed in just an hour.

If you are new to evidence-informed public health or if you want to assess you current knowledge, EIDM Essentials: Key issues in evidence informed decision making is a great first step. Find out what evidence-informed public health is all about.

New Resources from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

Two new resources from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools!

1. Making Sense of a Standardized Mean Difference

New video in NCCMT’s “Understanding Research Evidence” series!

The short videos in this series explain some important terms that you may encounter in research evidence. Our latest video uses hypothetical data on teen mental health to illustrate how to calculate and use results reported as a Standardized Mean Difference.

Sharing our Lessons at eHITS 2015

InspireNet was fortunate to have been selected to present an oral abstract and poster at the 2nd BC eHealth and Innovative Technology Showcase (eHITS) at UBC on at Saturday, May 9, 2015 (details:

This second annual meeting of individuals interested in tech and healthcare sees over 300 people register, has an excellent tech exhibitor space, and an active Twitter presence (check out #eHITS2015 for tweets).

Patients at the Centre of Research:  FH Research Week June 15-19, 2015

Blog post by Susan Chunick & Camille Viray

Are you interested in research and the use of evidence in health care decision making?  Join us for all or part of Fraser Health's (FH) Research Week. This free event has a smorgasbord of different presentations and workshops to whet your appetite.

Interested in Knowledge Translation?

Are you interested in learning more about Knowledge Translation (KT)? The BC KT Community of Practice has launched a new Web 2.0 website to better connect those with an interest in KT in BC.

The BC KT CoP provides a forum to develop, share, and enrich KT activities; facilitate opportunities for collaborations between members; and foster relationships to augment KT connections.

Membership is free and members can sign up for regular updates on new website content.

How can you learn, share, and network using the new site? Members are able to freely add and update content to share with others.

New Interdisciplinary Health Student Journal

Blog post by Student Action Team Leader, Jae-Yung Kwon

Knowledge Dissemination in a Virtual World: Open Access

Blog post by InspireNet's Manager Pat Atherton & Co-Leader Noreen Frisch

How do we bring new and innovative information to people searching for ideas, knowledge and guidance in a Web 2.0 environment? The open access movement and InspireNet aim to change the way we disseminate information in a virtual world.

Open Access Journals & Repositories

Announcing BC’s 2nd Annual eHITS (eHealth and Innovative Technology Showcase)

Blog post by Kendall Ho

BC’s 2nd Annual eHITS (eHealth and Innovative Technology Showcase
Saturday May 9, 2015
UBC Life Sciences Center  
*new venue!

Three KT Lessons from Connect 2014

Blog post by Anastasia Mallidou

It was a pleasure to participate in Connect 2014, InspireNet's final annual conference Using Research to Improve Health Care - Change, Challenge and Opportunity in Knowledge Translation.

The keynote speakers, presentations, e-posters and discussions were vivid and thought-provoking. Overall, the conference was a great success.

Congratulations and thank you to the conference Organizing Committee and many volunteers!

From all presentations and discussions, I would distinguish three points that we should reflect on and integrate in our KT activities:

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