Interactive Day 2012


Date: April 16, 2012

Venue: Thomson House McGill University

Attendance: 100

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharon Straus

Dr. Sharon Straus is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Char in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care. She is also the Director of the Knowledge Translation Program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s and the Division Director for Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Straus is the principal investigator of KT Canada – Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research. She has authored two books including, Evidence-based medicine: how to practice and teach it which is in its fourth edition and has been published in 8 languages, and Knowledge Translation in Health Care

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dianne Russell

Dr. Dianne Russell is Research and Knowledge Translation Specialist at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, Hamilton. She has a background in kinesiology and advanced training in research methodology and medical sciences. Dianne has been a key individual in the development, evaluation and dissemination of clinical outcome measures such as the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM).  She has been an investigator on several measurement and evaluation studies in the area of childhood disability and has a keen interest in the area of knowledge translation and how research findings can be used effectively in clinical practice and policy decision-making. Dianne and colleagues recently completed a large multi-centred trial looking at the use of Knowledge Brokers to facilitate the uptake of measures in clinical practice by physiotherapists

KT Workshop for Movers and Shakers

Date: April 16, 2012

Venue: Thomson House McGill University

Attendance: 58

A group of over 50 students. clinicians and researchers gathered to learn and share the concept of knowledge translation.

Topics included:

  • What you need to know when your goal is to "evaluate and change clinical practice"
  • Practice Style Questionnaire: how can we maximize clinical change in a team with different practice style traits
  • Knowledge translation strategies to facilitate best practices in your clinical setting: what works at your clinical setting?
  • Tips on overcoming clinician/organizational barriers for uptake of best practice
  • Workshop on the use of the PERFECT tool and EPIC scale: evaluating clinical site's readiness for practice change


1. Knowledge to action: Development of a toolkit to facilitate use of health survey data by rehabilitation researchers

Victoria Tang, Dr. Nancy Mayo, Dr. Laurie Snider

2. Creation and testing of a measure addressing readiness to adhere to functional hand splint use in people with rheumatoid arthritis

Maria Voznyak, Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky, Dr. Jeffrey Jutai, Dr. Sara Ahmed

3. Use of dialogue to cultivate values-based rehabilitation practices in a mental health institution

Ronna Schwartz, Dr. Melissa Park, Janet Stewart, Judy Lamb, Julie  Myers, Janina Komaroff, Dr. Vacaflor, Orly Estein, Robert Pallioti

4. Impact d’activités de partenariat recherche-clinique sur l’utilisation des resultants de la recherche dans un établissement de réadaptation

Diana Zidarov, Dr. Aliki Thomas, Dr. Sara Ahmed, Dr. Lise Poissant, Cyril Duclos, Anabele Briere, Marie-Therese Lamaree, Josee Gauthier, Isabelle David, Lucie Pelletier

5. Executive function assessment and intervention post-stroke: A learning tool for clinicians, patients and families 

Valerie Poulin, Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky, Deirdre Dawson, Franceen Kaizer, Anita Petzold

6. Canadian survey of mental health occupational therapists’ assessment practices

Susanne Rouleau & Karyne Dion, Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky

7. Providing patients with chronic pain with the necessary knowledge and self-management support: Development of a patient health portal for chronic pain

Lucie Bouvrette Leblanc, Dr. Sara Ahmed, Dr. Lise Poissant, Claudine Auger, Regina Visca, Mark Ware, Yoram Shir, Natacha Viens

8. Program evaluation of a chronic pain program

Louise Lamb (Edith Strauss awardee), Dr. Sara Ahmed, Regina Visca, Dr.Mark Ware, Yoram Shir, Amede Gogovor, Felicia Guarna 


1. Improving health services delivery during transition to adulthood for youth with spina bifida and their families: An integrated KT project

June Litowski, Laurie Snider, Isabelle Hamel-Hebert, Karen Hetzel, Geneviève Côté-Leblanc, Dominique Richard, Marie-Claude Saindon 

2. Knowledge of Knee Osteoarthritis (KOKO) Study – A population based survey in Quebec: Pilot Phase

Shreya Prasanna, Nicol Korner-BItensky, Sara Ahmed

3. Reviewing a chronic pain program in the context of a tertiary care hospital: Identifying gaps in patient care

Maria Pardo Lopez-De Rivera, Sara Ahmed, Maureen Simmonds, Geneviève Côté-Leblanc, Mylene Kosseim, Diana Dawes, Chronic Pain Program Team

4. Evaluating the impacts of participation in integrated knowledge translation on the behavior and attitude of clinicians toward evidence-based practices

Geneviève Côté-Leblanc, Richard Preuss, Isabelle Hamel-Hebert, Priscilla Lopes

5. Getting on with your life with MS: A knowledge translation tool

Stanley Hum, Nancy Mayo, Ayse Kuspinar, Shanaz Shahrbanian, Miho Asano, Susan Bartlett, Carolina Moriello 

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