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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:

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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.

Forum continues to support capacity building with EVIPNet Europe

Mar 4, 2020, 15:33 PM
The Forum's Mike Wilson recently facilitated a workshop in Kyrgyzstan on preparing rapid syntheses.
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Policymakers are often faced with issues that need to be responded to within hours or days. Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe, which is a regional capacity-building network sponsored by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, has increasingly focused on strengthening network members’ capacity to conduct rapid syntheses of the best-available research evidence on pressing health-policy challenges within policymakers’ urgent timelines. To further build this capacity, they recently invited Forum assistant director, Mike Wilson, to facilitate a workshop on preparing rapid syntheses, which was held in Kyrgyzstan from 18 to 20 February. Through a mix of large-group and ‘hands-on’ sessions, participants were supported to conduct a rapid synthesis in a realistic policy timeline (i.e., three days). The hands-on sessions were supported through individualized feedback as participants worked through the process of conducting the synthesis.

“The rapid synthesis tool is highly relevant for decision-makers in health care because it provides a standardized and methodological basis for analysis of gaps and identification of relevant solutions or recommendations for action,” stressed one of the participants, providing feedback on the course.

Another participant from the host country - Kyrgyzstan – stated that “using such systematic approaches to decision making should become a tradition, a new norm for both, policy makers and researchers in our region. And we should strive to create a system where policy makers and researchers work as one team.”

Learn more about the Forum's Rapid Response program and its outputs.
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