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May 25 2017

Our team publishes and article about SDM in Iran in the “ZEFQ – The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care.”

Our team recently published an article in the le ZEFQ – The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care, entitled Shared decision making in Iran: Current and future trends.

In Iran, even if there are some legislation about informed consent and patients’ rights, there are no specific policies regarding SDM. Neither there are any existing programs to develop or evaluation decision support tools, such as decision aids. Also, even if there is some interest about SDM for some health professionals in Iran, there are no politics or clear strategies to implement SDM in the Iranian national health system. However, there are definitely some possibilities about SDM in Iran and the future about it can be bright. To make that possible, collaboration between patients, health professionals, policies makers and the government will be needed, to promote SDM.  

May 25 2017

Our team publishes an article about SDM in West Africa in the "ZEFQ – The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care."

Our team recently published an article about SDM in West Africa, entitled Shared decision making in West Africa – The forgotten area, dans le ZEFQ – The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care.

Up to now, there has been little attention paid to SDM in West Africa, especially regarding the full process. The are some available decision-making tools, but very few actually support the patients’ decision and there are no known programs for implementing SDM in healthcare teams. Some obstacles are the lack of options, financial resources and low levels of education. However, there are some SDM innovations that have been developed for low literacy populations and could be, for example, adapted to West Africa. This study presents some challenges and possibilities and also proposes a research agenda regarding SDM for West African countries. The authors hope to awaken the interest for SDM in the region among all possible stakeholders, from patients to health institutions.

May 24 2017

Our teams publishes an article about SDM in Canada in the "ZEFQ, The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care."

Our team recently contributed to an article published in the ZEFQ, The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care, entitled Milestones, Barriers and Beacons : Shared Decision Making in Canada Inches Ahead.

The Canadian approach to Shared Decision Making is as disparate as its healthcare system : there are currently 14 public plans (ten provincial, three territorial and one federal). Current funding climate places emphasis on patient empowerment in healthcare and their role in research. Furthermore, SDM is becoming implanted over a wide range of fields other than primary care,  including elder care, pediatrics and critical care. Many models and tools regarding SDM have been developed in Canada and used worldwide. Their implantation in actual practice is, however, not widespread across the country. The Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation in Quebec City, maintains a website with SDM trainings available worldwide. However, even if all of these initiatives are positive, the future of SDM in Canada depends on if the health policies, the health professionals and the public culture fully embraces it.

May 23 2017

Mirjam Garvelink receives a grant from the Arthritis Research Center of Canada!

Our colleague Mirjam Garvelink officially received a grant, on May 15th, from the Arthrtis Research Center of Canada for her project entitled Helping seniors decide how to stay independent at home: preparing to launch an online tool (SPINACH 2.0), as part of ICON (Improving Cognitive & jOint health Network), led by Dre Linda Li. The project is a follow-up to SPINACH 1.0, and consists on finalizing and evaluating the module developed during that project, which was a video-based decision support module showing options for seniors wishing to stay independent at home for longer. The project will be financed from April 1st, 2017, to March 31st, 2018. Congratulations to Mirjam and to all of the contributors who are involved!

May 23 2017

The Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation team contributes to receving a grant from the CIHR.

We are glad to announce that the CIHR have accepted the grant application of the project entitled mATrICES-F: ApplicaTIon des Connaissances axée sur le gEnre et le Sexe des personnes en contexte Francophone, under the “Team grant: impact of the genre on KT applications” contest. The project will be funded for a period of three years and is led by Dre France Légaré, Dr André Bilodeau and Dre Hélène Lee-Gosselin. Congratulations to every contributor involved!

May 23 2017

Ndeye Thiaf Diouf receives a PhD scholarship from the FRQ-S!

We would like to congratulate our colleague Ndeye Thiaf Diouf, who recently received a scholarship from the FRQ-S for her PhD project, entitled Analyse des facteurs organisationnels pouvant influencer l'implantation d’un modèle interprofessionnel de prise de décision partagée au sein des équipes de soins à domicile intervenant auprès de la clientèle âgée en perte d’autonomie. She will complete the doctorate as part of the Community Health program (Nursing Faculty) of Laval University. Congratulations again, Ndeye!

May 23 2017

Simon Descary receives a scholarship from the FRQ-Sfor his postdoctoral fellowship!

Congratulations to Simon Descary, who officially received a scholarship on May 12th, 2017, from the FRQ-S for his postdoctoral fellowship entitled PRIMO: une application mobile pour améliorer la prise de décision partagée concernant l'utilisation des tests d'imagerie et des références en spécialités suite au diagnostic d'une pathologie du genou. The grant is valid for two years and is granted by both the FRQ-S and the SPOR SUPPORT unit of Quebec. This also means that Simon will officially be joining the Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation.

We are happy to welcome you, Simon!

May 11 2017

Our team contributes to an article in “Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews”.

Our team recently contributed to an article published in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, entitled Collaborative writing applications in healthcare: effects on professional practice and healthcare outcomes

Collaborative writing applications (CWAs), such as wikis or Google Documents, have the potential to improve the use of evidence in healthcare and public health. A growing number of studies mention that they can have positive outcomes on patients care, but questions still exist regarding, among others, security and reliability. This study aimed to evaluation how CWAs can improve the way health professionals work and to evaluate what are the costs and resources needed to use them. The authors concluded that, although a large number of studies have been recently published about CWAs, there are still future studies needed, with rigorous experimental designs, to assess the impact of CWAs and their cost-effectiveness on process and patient outcomes.

Authors: Archambault, PM, van de Belt T, Kuziemski C, Plaisance A, Dupuis A, McGinn CA, François R, Gagnon MP, Turgeon AF, Horsley T, Witteman W, Poitras J, Lapointe J, Brand K, Lachaine J, Legare F.

May 11 2017

Conference « Les antibiotiques, une décision partagée » (Shared-decision making regarding antibiotics) on Friday, May 12th, 2017

As part of the 24 heures de science, Valerie Borde, science popularizer, and Dre France Légaré, family physician and Chair holder, will present a conference about shared-decision making regarding respiratory tract infection treatment with antibiotics.

The conference will be held on Friday, May 12th, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at Gabrielle-Roy Library, Gérard-Martin Room, 350, St-Joseph E. street, Quebec.

For more informations, you can contact Ms. Borde ( or visit the official website of the 24 heures de science by clicking here.

May 09 2017

Marie-Ève Poitras receives a new grant from the CIHR for her postdoctoral fellowship!

We are happy to announce that our colleague Marie-Ève Poitras received a research grant (postdoctoral fellowship) from the CIHR for a period of two years (100 000$). Her project is entitled Besoins décisionnels des grands utilisateurs de soins : vers une optimisation de la prise de décision partagée interprofessionnelle (Decision needs among needful healthcare users: towards an optimization of the interprofessional shared-decision making). Congratulations, Marie-Ève!

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