Want to better understand how the health and social systems work and how you can better advocate for changes that would improve these systems for you and your family? Enhance your knowledge with one of our free courses for citizens:

Finding and using research evidence: A guide for citizens

In this free online course, you’ll be provided with solutions to overcome the most commonly cited frustrations people have when trying to access research evidence. Prepared by the McMaster Health Forum with support from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, the course is now available online as a set of eight videos:

Here are helpful resources that are drawn on in the course:

Don’t miss the most important resource for citizen-targeted evidence about healthy aging:

Understanding how to navigate the health system

Knowing how your health system works will better you to navigate the system, identify opportunities to make things better, and advocate for changes that you’d like to see. This free online course describes the 'building blocks' of Ontario’s health system as well as how those building blocks are used to provide care in the province in different ways (e.g., by sector, condition, treatment, population). While Ontario is the example, these principles are useful to understanding health systems other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally.

Prepared by the McMaster Health Forum with support from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, the course is now available online as a set of six videos:

Here are helpful resources that are drawn on in the course:

Don’t miss the most important resource for citizen-targeted evidence about healthy aging:

Masterclass on patient-oriented research

The Forum’s masterclass was designed to prepare future champions for the conduct and use of patient-oriented research and future mentors to others becoming involved in the conduct and use of patient-oriented research. While we are not currently planning any Masterclass sessions, you can access all of the course material to learn more about patient-oriented research.

Virtual masterclass on patient-oriented research

The Forum and its collaborators are pleased to be hosting a ‘virtual’ version of the masterclass on the conduct and use of patient-oriented research in Ontario’s health system. All sessions will be conducted online using Webex. Learn more and register.

COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making

Apr 23, 2020, 10:32 AM
To help health- and social-system leaders as they respond to unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) has come together rapidly in the past few weeks.
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To help health- and social-system leaders as they respond to unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) has come together rapidly in the past few weeks. COVID-END partners are drawn from diverse evidence-synthesis, technology assessment and guideline-development communities and have long track records of supporting decision-makers locally, nationally and internationally. Their activities span the full gamut of COVID-19 issues, including traditional infection prevention and control but also how to manage impacts on mental health and family violence, health- and social-care systems, education, employment, financial protection, food safety and security, government services, housing, public safety and justice, recreation and transportation. Their activities also span the full array of contexts where the COVID-19 pandemic is playing out, including low-, middle- and high-income countries.

COVID-END’s near-term priorities are to continuously maintain a guide to COVID-19 evidence sources, to help coordinate and avoid duplication in seven domains (such as digitizing key steps in evidence synthesis and guideline development), and to develop scalable models for supporting evidence-informed decision-making about COVID-19. The secretariat for COVID-END is being jointly co-led by the McMaster Health Forum and its partners at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

If every group plays to their comparative advantages and works together to support coordination and avoid duplication, we can make a big difference in minimizing the human suffering being caused by COVID-19.
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