Strategic Partnering to Lead Research on Evidence-Based Outcomes

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Irmajean Bajnok, RN, MSN, PhD
International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Programs, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada
Barbara Davies, RN, PhD
Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Heather McConnell, RN, BScN, MA(Ed)
International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Programs, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), Toronto, ON, Canada
Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, Oont
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada

Learning Objective 1: To describe a partnership focused research capacity building related to exploring outcomes associated with implementation of best practice guidelines

Learning Objective 2: To discuss the impact of a research unit on building linkages among researchers, decision makers, and practitioners in developing knowledge about best practice guideline implementation

The emergence of an evidence based culture in nursing is positively influencing health and public policy.  As part of this movement an academic organization and professional association partnered to spotlight the impact of evidence based nursing practice and healthy work environment guideline implementation on health/clinical, system and economic outcomes. The resulting Nursing Best Practice Research Unit (NBPRU) brings the best available knowledge to nursing and healthcare to enhance practice,  improve health and influence policy decisions. 
This presentation will describe the nature of the partnership, as well as key guiding principles of operating, including a focus on research and research dissemination related to outcomes of evidence-based practices for patients, organizations and the system.  The strategic vision and related activities will be shared.  Examples of how the unit is developing networks among researchers in health care; developing research capacity; linking service, academic, and policy  sectors; identifying common themes in guideline implementation processes; and addressing system transformation will be presented.  Finally the NBPRU’s quest for creative forms of knowledge dissemination and knowledge transfer will be highlighted.