Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

Knowledge Transfer and Publications

Knowledge Transfer

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines Knowledge Transfer (KT) as "a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system."

The Aging Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) aims to transfer research findings to promote optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC).

ACHRU KT events focus on four areas:

  • Sharing evidence generated by the research program
  • Sharing results of the responses to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Applied Health Research Questions
  • Policy perspectives on the evidence and current context of community healthcare
  • Capacity building opportunities

These events target key stakeholders, including knowledge users and policy makers, health system decision-makers and collaborators, patient and caregiver representatives, researchers and trainees. Knowledge exchange events also occur through the use of a combination of effective methods of dissemination throughout the research program (e.g., research briefs, interactive small group meetings or teleconferences, policy forums, invited presentations at relevant networking groups).

With knowledge users and partner networks, the program uses existing newsletters and websites to disseminate the findings. Implementation toolkits have also been developed, outlining how to plan and implement the models across Ontario.

Advisory Committees

The ACHRU Scientific Advisory Committee’s purpose is to ensure the research studies are integrated, to share preliminary findings and raise awareness of what is happening in each study, and to guide KT and capacity building activities. Meetings are held via teleconference and/or web conference. The committee is comprised of the Scientific Directors, Study Co-Leads, KT Co-Leads, Research Coordinators, Program Trainees, and a KT Specialist.

The ACHRU’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee works collaboratively with the Scientific Advisory Committee to support study implementation, interpret and contextualize study findings, and facilitate dissemination and uptake of results and scaling-up of interventions. The committee shares information and resources, e.g., reports and news briefs, with the team on a regular basis to promote understanding of contextual changes that occur at a systems level. It also identifies policy-relevant questions and shapes practice and policy-relevant recommendations. Face-to-face and web-based Stakeholder Advisory committee meetings are held two times per year (every six months). It is comprised of decision-makers/knowledge users, providers and community partners/collaborators, older adults, family caregivers, ACHRU Scientific Directors, Project Co-Leads, Co-Investigators, Trainees, Research Coordinators/Assistants, Students and Staff. 

  • Rebecca Ganann Rebecca Ganann
    Assistant Professor School of Nursing, Co-Investigator ACHRU
    McMaster University
  • Ruta Valaitis Ruta Valaitis
    Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing
    Professor, McMaster University School of Nursing
  • Laurie Kennedy Laurie Kennedy
    Administrator
    Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Publications and Activities relating to this study:

Support for Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada. Did you know caregivers of older adults with dementia and multiple chronic conditions can find support online?

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Online Tools Support Caregivers

Our latest article is featured on the McMaster University School of Nursing website. Caregiver-focused, web-based interventions: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Part 2, was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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ACHRU Research Featured in Special CMAJ Supplement

We’re pleased to have our research featured in a special patient-oriented research supplement in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) being released today.

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