Sharing Knowledge about Injury prevention: How the Canadian Best Practices Portal Can Help Practitioners Navigate this Complex Issue
In 2012, a successful partnership between the Canadian Best Practice Portal and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) was formed to help make the complex subject of injury prevention more accessible to front-line practitioners and decision-makers working in public health. By partnering with the Canadian Best Practices Portal, the ONF was able to move their investment in injury prevention best practice reviews out into the community in an efficient and effective way. ONF and PHAC provided funding for a team of researchers lead by Dr. Richard Volpe at the University of Toronto to identify exemplary safety practices that met the Portal’s selection criteria. To date, fifty of these injury prevention programs have been posted to the Portal. According to Hélène Gagné - Program Director, Injury Prevention at the ONF, “the Portal allowed the Foundation to centralize the body of knowledge on best practice interventions in injury prevention and thereby increase its access for use by health practitioners.” Some of the key advantages of the Portal were its well defined, standardized annotation system, its existing relationship with practitioners and its ability to help these practitioners make connections between key target groups, geographical locations and cultures to inform their daily practice.
The Canadian Best Practices Portal and Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition
An exciting new tool is now available that will make it easier for dietitians to access evidence about nutrition programs they can use in their every-day practice. The Canadian Best Practice Portal and the Dietitians of Canada’s Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) have worked together to develop practice questions and knowledge pathways that provide a different way to link interventions to practice in the areas of food security and school nutrition policy. The Portal’s Food Security and School Nutrition Policies Knowledge Pathways include a collection of practice questions, evidence-based answers, references, tools, background resources and other materials that reflect the everyday practice dilemmas faced by dietitians and public health practitioners. According to Jayne Thirsk, Director of Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN), it is challenging to ensure that the quality of evidence is the best that it can be, especially in relatively new practice areas such as food security and school nutrition policies. However, public health nutritionists are anxious to explore new models and Thirsk firmly believes that the partnership between the Portal and PEN has linked qualitative and quantitative evidence in a new and exciting way that will build awareness, improve practice in the field and ultimately improve the health of Canadians.
Search The Canadian Best Practices Portal online at http://188.8.131.52/intervention/search-eng.html.