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Knowledge exchange in the organization of health care systems focus of seminar

16 Nov 2009

A study of the link between knowledge and action as it applies at the policy and organizational level in health care systems will be discussed at the CHEPA monthly seminar on Nov. 18.

Damien Contandriopoulos, a researcher with the School of Public Health Research Institute at the University of Montreal, will present the preliminary findings from a systematic review funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The review examined the broad field of research on how knowledge translates into action, with the intention of integrating the findings into a general framework on organizational-level knowledge exchange processes in health care systems.

There is a robust integrated body of evidence that focuses on the relation between clinical knowledge and practice, and those frameworks are fundamental to the improvement of quality, effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of health care. However, policy-making and organizational-level interventions also play a major role in improving health care delivery, and frameworks at this level are much less developed than those at the clinical level.

The model being developed through this systematic review focuses explicitly on organizational and policy level systems where the ultimate outcome of knowledge use will depend on the interaction of a variety of interdependent stakeholders.

Contandriopoulos will discuss some of the methodological challenges of the systematic review and present the main dimensions of the model being developed.

The seminar will be held in HSC-1J7 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Contandriopoulos is an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Montreal. He has a PhD in public health administration and a master’s degree in anthropology, from the University of Montreal. His research focuses on developing public health policies, government structures and organizational forms, and decision-making, lobbying and public participation.

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