Evidence-based practice

Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy

There’s simply no taking the politics out of the policy where Canadian healthcare is concerned — that’s probably one truism everyone can agree on. Debate on healthcare reform has been nothing less than an ideological turf war for decades in this country, and neither side seems to hold a magical formula for breaking what has become a tiresome and tedious deadlock between “private” and “public” health camps. “Frozen in Time” is how public health reporter André Picard describes our health system in his 2012 Conference Board of Canada Scholar-In-Residence Lecture.

Patient and Family-Centred Care toolkit

Bringing together patients and staff to transform health care
 
In the aftermath of the Francis Inquiry there emerged a national focus on ‘putting patients at the centre of decision-making’. This has translated into a marked appetite across health care to improve quality and patients’ experience. But finding a clear, practical method of taking this forward is not always easy.
 

Do Health Impact Assessments Make a Difference?

HIAs provide decision-makers an opportunity to minimize health risks and enhance health benefits, allowing for informed decisions related to agriculture, transportation, housing, education, land use, and energy.

Health impact assessments (HIAs) are evidence-based analyses that predict health benefits and risks of proposed laws, regulations, programs, and projects.

Evaluation Resources for Assessing HIT Systems and HIT Implementation, Adoption and Use

With the large investments required for health IT projects, stakeholders are increasingly demanding to know what the actual value of these projects has been, or will be. Evaluations allow us to determine whether or not what one has set out to accomplish has been accomplished, and to help us to understand what has worked in a given project and what has not. Lessons that emerge from evaluations help to guide both your team, as well as others, in their approach to projects in the future. Evaluations must therefore be an integral part of any health IT project.” (AHRQ Health IT Evaluation Toolkit)

Patient/Family Advisory Councils in Ontario Hospitals – At work, in play

“We’re making a culture change here, of trying to engage our patients more in decision making and moving away from advising” (PFAC staff interview).

This report investigates the evolving function and best practices of Ontario’s hospital-based Patient/Family Advisory Councils (PFACs): one mechanism some hospitals are using – among other approaches – to advance patient/family engagement and patient-centred care.

The Coalition for Collaborative Care

The Coalition for Collaborative Care is a group of individuals and organisations across the health, social care and voluntary sectors who want to make person-centred, coordinated care a reality for people living with long-term conditions. That means improving the relationship that people have in their day-to-day interaction with the NHS and social care so their care and support is organised around what matters to them.

eBook: Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy

Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy is a compendium of OpEds published in the media in 2012-2013 by some of Canada’s leading experts in the field, offering a snapshot of the evidence on the issues of the day. It is the second in a series of eBooks produced by EvidenceNetwork.ca, the first being Canadian Health Policy in the News, which achieved 13,000 reads in the first year of release. - See more at: http://umanitoba.ca/outreach/evidencenetwork/archives/17545#sthash.Yjq4Q...

Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) requires hospitals to have evidence-based practice embedded in the culture of the organization. In the documentation, hospitals must demonstrate that nurses evaluate and use published research in all aspects of clinical and operational processes.

The ANCC also expects nurses to conduct research projects and that knowledge from these projects will be shared with nurses within and outside the organization.

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