May 12, 2014



Health Care Administration and Organization
Health Care Innovation and Quality Assurance
Research Practice & Methodology


The Use of Preliminary Scientific Evidence in Public Health: A Case Study of XMRV.
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Wilson K, Atkinson K, Keelan J.
PLoS medicine 2014 Apr 8;11(4):e1001623

The initial publication of an article in the journal Science postulating that XMRV was a causative agent for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) set forward a cascade of decisions that resulted in the implementation of blood donor deferral policies targeting individuals with any history of CFS. But it has not been possible to replicate this study despite many attempts. However, many of these policies have not been reversed. MORE.

External factors affecting decision-making and use of evidence in an Australian public health policy environment.
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Zardo P, Collie A, Livingstone C.
Social science & medicine 2014 May;108:120-127

Key factors identified were stakeholder feedback and action, government and ministerial input, legal feedback and action, injured persons and the media. The identified external factors were able to significantly influence policy and program decision-making processes: acting as both barriers and facilitators, depending on the particular issue at hand. The factors with the most influence were the Minister and government, lawyers, and agency stakeholders, particularly health providers, trade unions and employer groups. MORE.

Knowledge transfer activities in social sciences and humanities: Explaining the interactions of research groups with non-academic agents
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Olmos-Penuela J, Castro-Martinez E, D’Este P.
Research Policy 2014(4):696

Among Spanish humanities and social science researchers, KT activities are based on relational rather than commercial activities. The most frequent activities are consultancy and contract research. Characteristics such as size, multidisciplinary, and academic status of research groups and researchers are associated with involvement in KT activities. MORE.

Exploring arts-based knowledge translation: sharing research findings through performing the patterns, rehearsing the results, staging the synthesis. Canada-flat-icon
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Rieger K, Schultz AS.
Worldviews on evidence-based nursing 2014 Apr;11(2):133-139

Arts Based Knowledge Translation (ABKT) is an innovative and synergistic approach to traditional dissemination strategies. This creative KT approach is emerging as potent transformational learning tools that are congruent with the relational nature of nursing practice. ABKT facilitates learning about new research findings in an engaging and critical reflective manner that promotes learning within communities of practice. MORE.

Towards a common terminology: a simplified framework of interventions to promote and integrate evidence into health practices, systems, and policies Canada-flat-icon
Colquhoun H, Leeman J, Michie S, Lokker C, Bragge P, Hempel S, et al.
Implementation Science 2014;9(1):51

The framework will include four key components: strategies and techniques (active ingredients), how they function (causal mechanisms), how they are delivered (mode of delivery), and what they aim to change (intended targets). MORE.

What Do We Know about Knowledge Brokers in Paediatric Rehabilitation? A Systematic Search and Narrative Summary. Canada-flat-icon
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Schleifer Taylor J, Verrier MC, Landry MD.
Physiotherapy Canada/Physiotherapie Canada 2014 Spring;66(2):143-152

This study provides an overview of the limited understanding of knowledge brokers within paediatric rehabilitation. Knowledge broker initiatives introduced within paediatric rehabilitation have been anchored in different theoretical frameworks, and no conclusions can be drawn as to the optimum combination of knowledge brokering activities and methods, nor about optimal duration, for sustained results. MORE.

Sources of knowledge used by intensive care nurses in Norway: An exploratory study.
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Bringsvor HB, Bentsen SB, Berland A.
Intensive & critical care nursing 2014 Jun;30(3):159-166

This study illustrates that intensive care nurses use a complex and wide variety of knowledge bases derived from research, theoretical & experiential knowledge, work place culture, clinical expertise, and patient participation. MORE.

Pre-implementation knowledge tool development for health services providers: A qualitative study of Canadian social workers. Canada-flat-icon
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Dykeman S, Williams A, Crooks V.
Qualitative Social Work 2014 05;13(3):351-371

Using a copmuter-based qulaitative messaging service, a tool was deveoped aimed to facilitate knowledge translation of Canada’s Compassionate Care Benefit (CCB) by social workers. MORE.

Evaluation of a tailored, multi-component intervention for implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in primary care physical therapy: a non-randomized controlled trial.
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Bernhardsson S, Larsson ME, Eggertsen R, Olsen MF, Johansson K, Nilsen P, et al.
BMC health services research 2014 Mar 4;14:105-6963-14-105

A guideline implementation intervention based on theory and current evidence in primary care physical therapy in western Sweden was conducted The proportions of physical therapists reporting awareness of , knowledge where to find, access to, and frequent use of guidelines increased more in the intervention group than in the control group. MORE.

Applications of social constructivist learning theories in knowledge translation for healthcare professionals: a scoping review Canada-flat-icon
Thomas A, Menon A, Boruff J, Rodriguez AM, Ahmed S.
Implementation Science 2014;9(1):54

This review indicated that use of social constructivist theory in the KT literature was limited and haphazard. The lack of justification for the use of theory continues to represent a shortcoming of the papers reviewed. Potential applications and relevance of social constructivist theory in KT in general and in the specific studies were not made explicit in most papers. MORE.

Exploring the Relationships Between Evidence and Innovation in the Context of Scotland’s Social Services
IRISS, 2013

This report uses theoretical, empirical and practice literatures and case studies to reflect on the links between evidence and innovation in the context of Scotland’s social services. MORE.

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Health Care Administration and Organization

‘Practical’ resources to support patient and family engagement in healthcare decisions: a scoping review
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Burns KK, Bellows M, Eigenseher C, Gallivan J.
BMC health services research 2014 Apr 15;14(1):175

The synthesis and findings in the literature include 15 different terms and definitions for ‘patient engagement’, 17 different engagement models, numerous barriers and benefits, and 34 toolkits for various patient engagement and evaluation initiatives. MORE.

Organizational Climate & Hospital Nurses’ Caring Practices: A Mixed-Methods Study Canada-flat-icon
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Roch G, Dubois CA, Clarke SP.
Research in nursing & health 2014 Apr 12

Organizational climate explained 11% of the variation in RNs’ reported frequency of caring practices. Qualitative data suggested that caring practices were affected by the interplay of organizational climate dimensions with patients and nurses characteristics. MORE.

The Change Foundation: Patient/Family Advisory Councils in Ontario Hospitals – At Work, In Play Canada-flat-icon
April 2014

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. MORE.

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Health Care Innovation and Quality Assurance

New Toolkit to Measure Quality of Person-Centered Care: Development and Pilot Evaluation With Nursing Home Communities.
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Van Haitsma K, Crespy S, Humes S, Elliot A, Mihelic A, Scott C, et al.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2014 Apr 7

This article reports on the development of the concept and measurement of preference congruence among nursing home (NH) residents (phase 1), its refinement into a set of quality indicators by Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes (phase 2), and its pilot evaluation in a sample of 12 early adopting NHs prior to national rollout (phase 3). The recommended toolkit for providers to use to measure PCC consists of (1) interview materials for 16 personal care and activity preferences from Minimum Data Set 3.0. MORE.

Connecting the Learners: Improving Uptake of a Nursing Home Educational Program by Focusing on Staff Interactions.
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Colon-Emeric CS, Pinheiro SO, Anderson RA, Porter K, McConnell E, Corazzini K, et al.
The Gerontologist 2013 May 23

A learning climate that included greater learner empowerment, appreciation of the role of all disciplines, and that sought out diverse viewpoints led to more creative fall prevention plans, a more respectful work environment, and improved relationships with coworkers. MORE.

Quality Improvements in Resident Mobility Care: Using Person- and Relationship-Centered Frameworks
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Taylor JA, Sims J, Haines TP.
The Gerontologist 2013 Sep 3

The Senses Framework facilitated development of objectives for mobility care practice improvement that considers the needs of all stakeholders. MORE.

Adoption of workplaces and reach of employees for a multi-faceted intervention targeting low back pain among nurses’ aides
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Rasmussen CD, Larsen A, Holtermann A, Sogaard K, Jorgensen M.
BMC Medical Research Methodology 2014;14(1):60

This study measured the adoption and reach of a health promotion strategy aimed at low back pain among nurses’ aides. The project was adopted by 44% of the offered workplaces. Adopting workplaces were more stable organization and were led by management with positive beliefs of the intervention’s potential benefits. Of eligible employees, 71% responded on the questionnaire and 57% consented to participate. Non-responders and non-consenters did not differ from the responders and consenters on demographic factors and health. However, more non-responders and non-consenters were low skilled, worked less than 30 hours pr. week, and worked evening and nightshift compared to responders and consenters. MORE.

The evaluation of a fall management program in a nursing home population. Canada-flat-icon
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Burland E, Martens P, Brownell M, Doupe M, Fuchs D.
The Gerontologist 2013 Oct;53(5):828-838

A falls management program was instituted in 2 rural health regions in Manitoba The program appears to have benefitted residents-falls trended upward, injurious falls remained stable, and hospitalized falls decreased significantly. MORE.

Use of Quality Indicators in Nursing Homes in Victoria, Australia: A Cross-Sectional Descriptive Survey.
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Ibrahim JE, Chadwick L, Macphail A, McAuliffe L, Koch S, Wells Y.
Journal of aging and health 2014 Apr 30

This study characterizes the use of mandated quality indicators (QIs) in public sector nursing homes in Victoria, Australia. Adherence to principles of measurement was suboptimal, with variation in applying QI definitions and infrequent random audits of data (n = 54, 48%). QI data triggered reviews of individual residents (62%-79%), staff practice (44%-65%), and systems of care (45%-55%). Most facilities (58%-75%) reported that beneficial changes in care occurred as a result of using QIs. MORE.

Nursing home culture change: legal apprehensions and opportunities.
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Kapp MB.
The Gerontologist 2013 Oct;53(5):718-726

One of the impediments often interfering with the adoption and implementation of culture change in specific facilities is apprehension by staff, administrators, and governing boards about potential legal liability and regulatory exposure if residents suffer injuries that might arguably be attributed to facility conditions or policies that were inspired and encouraged by the culture change movement. MORE.

The effects of public reporting on physical restraints and antipsychotic use in nursing home residents with severe cognitive impairment.
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Konetzka RT, Brauner DJ, Shega J, Werner RM.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2014 Mar;62(3):454-461

The public reporting of physical restraint use had the unintended consequence of increasing use of antipsychotics in nursing home residents with severe cognitive impairment. MORE.

Improving health status and reduction of institutionalization in long-term care-Effects of the Resident Assessment Instrument-Home Care by degree of implementation.
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Stolle C, Wolter A, Roth G, Rothgang H.
International journal of nursing practice 2014 Apr 28

The clients of home care agencies working intensively with RAI were significantly less hospitalized and fared slightly better according to activities of daily living (ADL, instrumental ADL (IADL)), cognitive skills (Mini-Mental Status Test (MMST)) and quality of life (EuroQol (EQ-5D)) compared with the control group. MORE.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Pay, conditions and care quality in residential, nursing and domiciliary services (UK)
April 2014

How do pay and conditions for workers in residential, nursing and domiciliary care services relate to the quality of care they provide? Care workers do demanding work for low pay, and social care services are being delivered in an increasingly challenging environment, yet service users, their carers and families have increasing expectations about service quality and care workers’ skills and attributes. MORE.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Learning for care homes from alternative residential care settings (UK)
April 2014

This review explores the learning from delivery of care in residential services for children and young people, residential services and supported housing for people with learning disabilities and hospice care, and considers how this can be applied in care homes for older people. MORE.

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Research Practice & Methodology

Methodological and ethical issues related to qualitative telephone interviews on sensitive topics.
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Mealer M, Jones Rn J.
Nurse researcher 2014 Mar;21(4):32-37

Establishing rapport and connections with the participants and the therapeutic use of non-verbal communication were essential, and fostered trust and compassion. The ethical issues of this mode of communication include protecting the privacy and confidentiality associated with the disclosure of sensitive information, and minimising the risk of psychological harm to the researcher and participants. MORE.

Celebrating methodological challenges and changes: reflecting on the emergence and importance of the role of qualitative evidence in Cochrane reviews.
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Hannes K, Booth A, Harris J, Noyes J.
Systematic reviews 2013 Oct 17;2:84-4053-2-84

In this article we outline the major achievements of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group. Although the Group has encountered numerous challenges in dealing with the evolution of qualitative evidence synthesis, both outside and within the Cochrane Collaboration, it has successfully responded to the challenges posed in terms of incorporating qualitative evidence in systematic reviews. MORE.

Healthcare outcomes assessed with observational study designs compared with those assessed in randomized trials
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Anglemyer A, Horvath HT, Bero L
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; 2014

There is little evidence for significant effect estimate differences between observational studies and RCTs, regardless of specific observational study design, heterogeneity, or inclusion of studies of pharmacological interventions. MORE.

“Shall I Compare Thee to a Dose of Donepezil?”: Cultural Arts Interventions in Dementia Care Research.
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de Medeiros K, Basting A.
The Gerontologist 2013 Jun 7

This review of critical reviews of cultural arts interventions for dementia points to the potential success of interventions tailored to individual interests. In moving forward, cultural arts intervention research must not be limited to the tools of the clinical trial model. Instead, researchers should carefully rethink what constitutes rigorous and effective research for interventions aimed at creating a meaningful personal experience for the participant rather than measurable change. MORE.

AHRQ: Observational Evidence and Strength of Evidence Domains: Case Examples
April 2014

Observational evidence may fulfil required strength of evidence domains, such as study limitations, directness, consistency, precision, and reporting bias. MORE.

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The provision of care for residents dying in UK nursing care homes.
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Kinley J, Hockley J, Stone L, Dewey M, Hansford P, Stewart R, et al.
Age and Ageing 2013 Oct 16

To identify the care currently provided to residents dying in UK nursing care homes. Nursing care homes have established links with some external healthcare providers. These links included the GP, palliative care nurses and physiotherapy. As dependency of resident increase with 56% residents dying within a year of admission these links need to be expanded. The provision of health care that meets the needs of future nursing care home residents needs to be ‘proactively’ obtained rather than left to chance. MORE.

Balancing Formal and Informal Care for Older Persons: How Case Managers Respond. Canada-flat-icon
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Peckham A, Williams AP, Neysmith S.
Canadian journal on aging 2014 Apr 29:1-14

This study examined how front-line home and community-care (H&CC) case managers view the role of informal caregivers, and the factors that contribute to H&CC managers’ resource allocation decisions. Results suggest that case managers unanimously agree that the unit of care in the H&CC sector is not confined to the individual, as in acute care, but encompasses both the individual and the caregiver. MORE.

Researching Triads in Home Care Perceptions of Safety From Home Care Clients, Their Caregivers, and Providers
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Lang A, Macdonald MT, Storch J, Stevenson L, Mitchell L, Barber T, et al.
Home Health Care Management & Practice 2014 May 01;26(2):59-71

The objectives of this qualitative study were to describe the safety challenges of home care triads and to further understand the multiple dimensions of safety that contribute to or reduce safety concerns for these triads. Findings indicate that clients, unpaid caregivers, and providers struggle in the home care system. MORE.

The effects of light therapy on depression and sleep disruption in older adults in a long-term care facility.
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Wu MC, Sung HC, Lee WL, Smith GD.
International journal of nursing practice 2014 Apr 22

Thirty-four participants in the experimental group received light therapy by sitting in front of a 10000-lux light box 30 min in the morning, three times a week for 4 weeks. After receiving 4 weeks of light therapy, the mean depression score in the experimental group decreased from 7.24 (SD3.42) at pretest to 5.91 (SD 3.40) at posttest, and had a significant reduction (t = 2.22, P = 0.03). However, there was no significant difference in depression score and sleep disruption between the experimental group and control group. MORE.

Factors that impact residents’ transition and psychological adjustment to long-term aged care: A systematic literature review
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Brownie S, Horstmanshof L, Garbutt R.
International journal of nursing studies

Key determinants of residents’ relocation experience include the extent to which they were able to exert control over the decision to move to an aged care facility, preserve their autonomy, and retain meaningful social relationships. Encouraging the development of new relationships with other residents and staff is an important role for staff to play. Providing residents with opportunities to talk about their feelings, their life experience, and their involvement in the decision to relocate to an aged care facility can help them in their transition to an aged care facility. MORE.

Effects of Tracking Technology on Daily Life of Persons With Dementia: Three Experimental Single-Case Studies.
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Olsson A, Engstrom M, Asenlof P, Skovdahl K, Lampic C.
American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias 2014 Apr 24

Tracking technology may support persons with dementia to engage in independent outdoor activities and decrease spouses’ worries; however, randomized controlled group studies are needed to investigate whether these results can be replicated on a group level. MORE.

“When the Golden Years Are Blue”: Changes in Depressive Symptoms Over Time Among Older Adults Newly Admitted to Long-Term Care Facilities. Canada-flat-icon
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Neufeld E, Freeman S, Joling K, Hirdes J, P.
Clinical gerontologist 2014 2014;37(3):298-315

Depressive symptoms were present in 54.3 cases per 100 residents at initial assessment, increasing to 60.8 cases per 100 residents by follow-up. Although depressive symptoms worsened, approximately 30% of residents showed moderate to significant improvement following LTCF admission. MORE.

Home care for the elderly: the role of relatives, friends and neighbors
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Kalwij A, Pasini G, Wu M.
Review of Economics of the Household 2014(2):379

Relatives (other than children) and friends (including neighbors) provide about 30% of the hours of informal home care for community dwelling seniors. MORE.

The effects of an integrated care intervention for the frail elderly on informal caregivers: a quasi-experimental study
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Janse B, Huijsman R, Fabbricotti IN.
BMC health services research 2014 Mar 29;14:140-6963-14-140

Satisfaction with the degree to which care was provided increased as the need for care increased. While satisfaction with the degree to which professionals provided help with administrative tasks, the understandability of the information provided and the degree to which informal caregivers knew which professionals to call, decreased. MORE.

Providing activity for people with dementia in care homes: a cluster randomised controlled trial.
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Wenborn J, Challis D, Head J, Miranda-Castillo C, Popham C, Thakur R, et al.
International journal of geriatric psychiatry 2013 Dec;28(12):1296-1304

A cluster randomised controlled trial of activity decreased quality of life overall. Staff-rated quality of life was slightly lower in the intervention group. There were no significant differences between the two groups for self-rated quality of life or secondary outcomes.

Residential Relocations Among Older People Over the Course of More Than 10 Years.
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Buurman BM, Trentalange M, Nicholson NR, McGloin JM, Gahbauer EA, Allore HG, et al.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2014 Apr 30

Most older people relocated at least once during 10.5 years of follow-up. Women had lower rates of relocation from nursing home to community. Decedents were more likely to relocate to a residential location providing a higher level of assistance, compared with nondecedents. Residential relocations were most common in the last year of life. MORE.

Deterioration of basic activities of daily living and their impact on quality of life across different cognitive stages of dementia: a European study.
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Giebel CM, Sutcliffe C, Stolt M, Karlsson S, Renom-Guiteras A, Soto M, et al.
International psychogeriatrics 2014 May 1:1-11

ADL performance deteriorated differently for each activity. In particular, toileting, transfer, and feeding remained relatively intact throughout, whereas performance on bathing and dressing deteriorated to a greater extent from mild to severe dementia. It appears that continence was not affected by the stage of dementia with similar levels of impairment. Basic ADL performance impacted to different degrees on QoL across dementia stages and countries. MORE.

“It Depends”: Reasons Why Nursing Home Residents Change Their Minds About Care Preferences
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Residents reflected that the importance of their preferences fluctuated “depending upon” the circumstances related to the 4 domains of within person (e.g., functional ability, personal schedule), facility environment (e.g., facility schedule, facility policy), social environment (e.g., quality and type of interactions), and global environment (e.g., weather, current events, special occasions) or their ability to perform a preference (i.e., barriers they encountered). MORE.

CIHI: Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs in Canada, 2012 Canada-flat-icon
April 2014

Although seniors account for only 15% of the Canadian population, they are estimated to account for 40% of all spending on prescribed drugs and 60% of public drug program spending. MORE.

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AHRQ Webinar: Public Reporting of Patients’ Comments with Quality Measures: How Can We Make It Work?
Tuesday 3 June 11:00-12:00 MT

This free Webcast from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will focus on the use of patient comments in public reports that are designed to inform consumers about health care providers. Researchers will discuss an ongoing AHRQ study of methods for eliciting representative patient comments and reporting those comments in a coherent manner with standardized measures of physician quality, including CAHPS® measures of patient experience and clinical measures of patient treatment.

KTDRR Webcast: Domestic and International Trends in Rehabilitation Research: 
A Comparative Analysis
Tuesday 20 May 13:00 MT

Please join KTDRR for a webcast featuring Dr. John Stone and Mr. Dan Conley, of the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE). They will briefly discuss findings from a recent study on domestic and international trends in disability research using the CIRRIE and Rehabdata databases. Identifying trending disabilities in a region or a specific country may point to policy and funding priorities of that region.

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CASP – Critical Appraisal Skills Training: International Training Week
19-23 May Kellogg College, Oxford, UK

-Critical appraisal sessions on – Randomised Controlled Trials, Systematic Reviews, Study Designs and Qualitative Studies
-A ‘Finding the Evidence’ session in a dedicated IT suite
-A chance for networking and discussion with fellow participants covering a broad range of backgrounds
-A tour of the Bodleian Library in Oxford
-Welcome drinks & canapes, daily 2 course hot lunch, and refreshments during the workshops

CFHI: Spreading Healthcare Innovations in a Land of Pilot Projects: From Sustainability to Spread and Scale Up
Wednesday 4 June Banff Cost $195 (+ 5% HST) per participant

This truly interactive workshop will focus on how to spread and sustain effective healthcare practices from leaders who have led successful local, regional and national level improvement initiatives. It will provide participants with one-on-one learning and knowledge exchange opportunities with world-class faculty. Both executive leaders and front line staff would benefit from this workshop.

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Saskatchewan aims to eliminate ER wait times by 2017 Canada-flat-icon

Eliminating emergency department wait times across an entire province is “a very ambitious goal” and has never been done before, said Graham Fast, leader of the provincial team to eliminate emergency department wait times. But since the provincial initiative launched a year ago, his team has collaborated with physicians around the world and has a better sense of how it can make changes across the health care system to tackle the daunting problem of getting rid of emergency room wait times, he said.

Dementia on three continents Canada-flat-icon

In a special one-hour presentation, 16×9 takes you inside the world of dementia on three continents. In the Netherlands, a village inhabited entirely by dementia patients. Then, a husband’s emotional decision to leave his wife to be cared for in Thailand. And here in Canada, Global National’s very own Dawna Friesen opens up about her own experiences with dementia.

Ontario investing in the recruitment and retention of personal support workers (PSWs). Canada-flat-icon

Through Ontario’s new PSW Workforce Stabilization Strategy, the government will:
-Increase the hourly wage of publicly-funded PSWs who work in home and community care settings by $4.00 over the next three years. Ontario is also setting a new base wage for these PSWs that will increase alongside the hourly wage to $16.50/hour by April 1, 2016.
-Develop measures to create more permanent and less casual employment for PSWs.
-Help new graduates find work through an on-the-job orientation program.
-Provide opportunities to strengthen sector leadership across the profession.
-Further examine challenges affecting recruitment and retention, including how PSWs can become more involved in teams of health care professionals to better care for patients.

Cameras in care homes could deter abuse of elderly

A residential care provider is considering whether to install visible CCTV cameras in all of its care and nursing homes. HC-One, the UK’s third largest residential care provider, sees it as a possible way to tackle the abuse and neglect of vulnerable elderly residents.

Prince Edward Island Nursing home inspections going online Canada-flat-icon

Health Minister Doug Currie says he will post inspection reports from nursing homes online after Independent MLA Olive Crane raised concern about a lack of transparency after she received concerns over incidents at the facilities.

Publishing: Credit where credit is due

With the right ‘taxonomy’, manuscript-submission software could enable researchers to assign contributor roles relatively easily in structured formats during the process of developing and publishing a paper.

New care workers in England will have to earn certificate

New care workers will have to earn a training certificate within 12 weeks of starting a job. The scheme comes in from March 2015 in England for staff including assistants in hospitals, care homes and those who look after people in their own homes.

Review says NHS should not pay care home charges

A review of the long-term care of chronically ill people in Scotland has recommended that they should not have their care home costs paid by the NHS. It means hundreds of people who need a high level of nursing care will have to pay their care home charges in future.

Canada and China work together to address challenges of aging populations Canada-flat-icon

A Memorandum Of Understanding on aging was signed between Canada and China. It will allow both countries to share information on research and best practices. This MOU supports the Government’s continued efforts to engage with China in areas of common interest.

TVN announces leadership changes

The Hon. Sharon Carstairs, P.C., founding Chair of TVN, and Michelle MacDonald, founding Executive Director of TVN, are stepping down from their positions after two years of service that saw the launch of TVN and set it on a visionary path for its future success. TVN is now seeking individuals who can follow in the path set by The Hon. Sharon Carstairs and Michelle MacDonald. A search committee has been established to identify a new Executive Director.

Nova Scotia announces strategy to improve palliative care Canada-flat-icon

The province is investing $1 million for the first year of this strategy to move toward a more integrated approach with health professionals and community organizations, and to focus more on patients’ needs.

Department of Health and Human Services (US) Releases Updates, Revisions to National Alzheimer’s Plan

The new plan says the department seeks to enhance the ability of long-term care ombudsmen to support people with Alzheimer’s disease. Long-term care ombudsmen advocate for residents of assisted living communities and other places.

New dementia campaign launches as research reveals the true cost to business of dementia (UK)

Public Health England (PHE) and Alzheimer’s Society join forces in a major new campaign to help create a more dementia friendly society.

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Summary of the G8 Dementia Summit: Global Action Against Dementia

This Department of Health (UK) web-based document presents a synopsis of activity at the G8 Dementia Summit held in London on December 11th 2013. It summarises agreed actions, video excerpts from some of the speeches at the event, and the work within topic-specific discussion panels.

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Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis
School of Health and Life Sciences/ Institute for Applied Health Research at Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow UK

The main purpose of the post will be to:
• Conduct a systematic review of the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to reduce risky sexual behaviour after a negative HIV test in MSM;
• Conduct pairwise and network meta-analyses to assess which particular component or components: (1) the mode of delivery, (2) the number of behaviour change techniques (BCTs), (3) the type of BCTs and (4) theory-congruent clusters of BCTs, are effective in reducing HIV risk related behaviour;
• Organise and host an expert event to enable the synthesis and translation of findings.

Home Healthcare Nurse is Seeking Submissions

Home Healthcare Nurse is also seeking submissions for a column titled “A Day in the Life of…” The purpose of this column is to introduce readers to the wide variety of roles in home healthcare, and to highlight the typical work day of home care clinicians around the country and world to educate the readers on the work they do, the area in which they work and the people they serve. Manuscripts should be 600-1000 words. Prospective writers should feel free to email the editor with their ideas at

Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Seeks Associate Editor

The successful candidate for the position of Editor will be recognized internationally for his or her academic and research achievements and will have an impressive track record of publications and presentations at conferences.

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