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Wednesday, November 9 • 15:30 - 17:00
Evidence-based decision-making in health policy and health care practice: Have we got what it takes? / La prise de décisions fondées sur des données probantes en matière de politiques et de pratiques de soins de santé : sommes-nous à la hauteur ?

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Organized by, BC SUPPORT Unit, Bev Holmes

Evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) is not new to healthcare; stakeholders are well aware of the promise it holds.  But while there are excellent examples of successful EBDM, its influence on policy at the system level is far from realized.   Why, despite volumes of literature on barriers to EBDM – and solutions to overcome them – do we struggle?   How can we embrace EBDM to help sustain and strengthen our Canadian and provincial healthcare systems?

One promising initiative is Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), a $650M+ coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners led by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, dedicated to the integration of research into care. 

Under SPOR, SUPPORT Units (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) have been established across Canada to strengthen patient-oriented research.  The Units’ resources and services are critical supports for EBDM.  But the real key to SPOR and the Units’ success is in looking beyond these practical offerings to the social and structural elements that prevent or enable EBDM.  SUPPORT Units have committed to a new and equal partnership among patients, researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to ensure these elements are addressed.

Success means establishing shared goals and measurements and supporting people to play new roles. But it also means tackling issues of power, politics, conflicting incentives and different rules (real or perceived) by which various stakeholders operate.  Such issues are largely ignored:  they are either too difficult to deal with, or they are so entrenched, we don’t recognize them as problems.  SPOR presents an opportunity to resolve them.

This provocative panel represents three SUPPORT Units: Ontario, Alberta and BC. Three case studies on EDBM will be presented, each by a Unit lead and a partner (policy-maker, researcher, patient).  Cases will address practical elements of EBDM (skills, training, access to evidence) – but also the social and structural. What rules and incentives must change for EBDM to work?  How can we move from a culture of competition – which is research today – to one of collaboration, and what are the trade-offs? How can patients have equal power as decision makers?  How do we measure progress, with the current demand for quick fixes and quantitative results? How can our definition of science expand to include the disciplines of change management, organizational culture and system change?

We end with questions for the audience, and invite feedback on what it really takes to embrace EBDM in healthcare.  

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Kuan Li

Project Lead, Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Kuan Li is Project Lead, Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), where she is responsible for the implementation and management of various SPOR components, including the SUPPORT Units. Previously, she managed the National Anti-Drug... Read More →

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Stirling Bryan

Scientific Director, BC SUPPORT Unit
Stirling Bryan, the BC SUPPORT Unit’s scientific director, is an economist with a career-long specialization in the economics of health care. His PhD (economics) was obtained from Brunel University (UK), following a Masters (health economics) from the University of York (UK). For... Read More →
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Dean Fergusson

Senior Scientist & Director, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Dean Fergusson is a Senior Scientist & Director, Clinical Epidemiology Program, at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is also Professor, Departments of Medicine, Surgery, and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa. Dean holds the position of Endowed Chair... Read More →
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Bev Holmes

Vice-President, Research & Impact, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
Bev Holmes is Vice-President, Research & Impact at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), where she is responsible for funding programs, strategic initiatives, impact analysis, and knowledge translation. She also serves as Executive Lead for the BC SUPPORT Unit. Bev... Read More →
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Gail MacKean

Gail MacKean has a longstanding commitment to patient and family-centred healthcare systems, and to patient and family engagement in health, health care and health research has come from her varied and lifelong experiences with health, illness and the health care system, as: A... Read More →
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Tim Murphy

Vice President, Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit
Tim Murphy has more than 20 years of senior executive leadership experience in the health care sector. Prior to joining Alberta Innovates Health Solutions as the Vice President, Provincial Platforms and SPOR, Tim established an independent consulting practice and worked with clients... Read More →

Eddy Nason

Assistant Director, Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit

Wednesday November 9, 2016 15:30 - 17:00 EST
Room 202