How the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network Links Research to Knowledge Users. Sarah Kehoe, Research Assistant Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network [email protected] OUTLINE. Introduction to the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network
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Research to Knowledge Users
Sarah Kehoe, Research Assistant
Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network
Introduction to the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network
What CDKTN delivers
How CDKTN links research to knowledge users
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1. Diffusion Links
Let it happen ~ Passive information sharing
Examples: Publishing a paper in an academic journal, going to a conference with a poster or posting information on a website.
Diffusion ~ CDKTN Links www.lifeandminds.ca
2. Dissemination Links
Dissemination ~ Links
Dementia Knowledge Broker
A platform to find and share knowledge and resources, in order to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
3. Implementation Links
Make it happen ~ engages knowledge users
The most active of all three, implementation “…involves systematic efforts to encourage adoption of the research findings by overcoming barriers to their use.”
Gagnon, ML. J of Clin Epi 64 (2011) 25-31
Implementation ~ Links
CDKTN Research and Education RFAs
Since November 2008, CDKTN has had 5 major funding competitions, all funded in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The competition encourages researchers to include knowledge translation activities in their projects. The outcomes of this research are made available for immediate use.
Implementation ~ Links
When Dementia is in the Housewas developed to educate caregiving for children living with someone who has dementia, with a focus on frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
In closing Links
“There remains much to be learned about how we can increase the application of research knowledge, whether it's the commercialization of scientific discoveries or changes to current health care practices and policies.
However, what is certain is that as a society we will not reap the full benefits of our investments in health research unless the resulting discoveries are acted upon by other researchers, policy-makers, health care providers, patients, the public, and by the private, voluntary, and public health sectors.”