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August 31 2018

France Légaré receives funding through the CIHR Foundation 2017-2018 Grants Competition

France Légaré has received funding for her research program entitled "Scaling Up Shared Decision Making for Patient-Centred Care" from the 2017-2018 Foundation Grants Competition of the Opens external link in new windowCanadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Foundation Grant program is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of established health research leaders by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovative and high-impact research programs. This year, 36 grant applications out of 303 were approved for the entire country, including 12 for the province of Quebec for a period of seven years. Details of the 2017-2018 competition results are available on the CIHR website by following the link

August 31 2018

Julie Haeserbaert receives a scholarship from Population Health and Optimal Health Practices Group (SP-POS)

Our colleague Julie Haeserbaert has received a scholarship to support the dissemination of her research results from the Opens external link in new window2018-2019 Santé des populations et pratiques optimales en santé (SP-POS) axis. Her abstract, submitted for the SP-POS student research day on June 8th, was ranked among the top by the evaluators. Her abstract focused on "EQUIPPS", a model for engaging patients, caregivers and managers in the improvement of quality and research in non-academic primary care settings.

August 31 2018

The “Please listen to me” study appears in the journal PLOS One

Our team publishes an article in the journal PLOS One, entitled: Opens external link in new window“Please listen to me”: A cross-sectional study of experiences of seniors and their caregivers making housing decisions.

Little is known about the decision-making experiences of seniors and informal caregivers facing decisions about seniors’ housing decisions when objective decision-making measures are used. This cross-sectional study aimed at reporting on seniors’ and caregivers’ experiences of housing decisions. We obtained information on preferred choice and actual choice about housing, level of participation in the decision, decisional conflict and decision regret. The study revealed that the actual housing decision made for seniors frequently did not match their preferred housing option. Advanced care planning regarding housing and better decision support are needed for these difficult decisions.

Authors : Rhéda Adekpedjou, Dawn Stacey, Nathalie Brière, Adriana Freitas, Mirjam M. Garvelink, Stéphane Turcotte, Matthew Menear, Henriette Bourassa, Kimberley Fraser, Pierre J. Durand, Serge Dumont, Lise Roy, France Légaré.

August 30 2018

France Légaré contributes to an article published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling

Our team has published an article in the Journal of Genetic Counseling, entitled: Opens external link in new windowAssessing Shared Decision-Making Clinical Behaviors Among Genetic Counselors.

Shared decision-making (SDM) is a collaborative approach in which clinicians educate, support, and guide patients as they make informed, value-congruent decisions. SDM improves patients’ health-related outcomes through increasing knowledge, reducing decisional conflict, and enhancing experience of care. We measured SDM in genetic counseling appointments with 27 pregnant women who were at increased risk of having a baby with a genetic abnormality. Some SDM behaviors were better demonstrated in this prenatal genetic counseling study than others. Formal training of genetic counselors in SDM may enhance use of this approach in their professional practice.

Authors: Patricia Birch, Shelin Adam, Rachel Coe, Ashley Port, Martina Vortel, Jan Friedman, France Legaré.

August 01 2018

France Légaré receives a portrait for her contribution to research

France Légaré has received an original portrait from the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University in connection with the Virtuoses de la science celebrations. Virtuoses de la science recognizes the success of Faculty researchers who have been awarded Canada Research Chairs (CRC) since 2016 or have had their Chairs renewed. Details of the event can be found on the Opens external link in new windowFaculty of Medicine website.

July 31 2018

Ali Ben Charif chairs a conference on health innovations

Ali Ben Charif, postdoctoral researcher at Laval University and an expert in knowledge translation in healthcare, chaired a day-long conference on the application of health innovations in the Comoros Islands, his country of origin, on July 28, 2018. The objective of the conference was to initiate a multidisciplinary reflection on this theme among the various stakeholders, including health authorities, health policy makers, patients, clinicians, researchers and development partners.

July 31 2018

Our team publishes an article in the journal Medical Teacher

Our team has published an article in the journal Medical Teacher entitled: Opens external link in new windowApproaches to considering sex and gender in continuous professional development for health and social care professionals: An emerging paradigm.

Consideration of sex and gender in research and clinical practice is necessary to redress health inequities and reduce knowledge gaps. Developing innovative continuing professional education programs that integrate sex and gender issues holds great promise for reducing these gaps. This article proposes new approaches to partnership, team development, pedagogical theory, content development, evaluation and data management that will advance the integration of sex and gender in continuing professional development (CPD). 

Authors: France Légaré, Hélène Lee-Gosselin, Francine Borduas, Céline Monette, André Bilodeau, Dominique Tanguay, Dawn Stacey, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Geneviève Roch, Maman Joyce Dogba, André Bussières, Marie-Claude Tremblay, Annie-Pierre Bélanger, Caroline Josel, Sophie Desroches, Hubert Robitaille, Louisa Blair, Sylvie-Marianne Rhugenda.

July 31 2018

Ali Ben Charif receives a grant from the Quebec SPOR Support Unit

Our colleague Ali Ben Charif has been awarded a scientific communications support grant from the Opens external link in new windowQuebec Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Support Unit. This Scientific Communications Support Grants Competition is organized twice a year by the SPOR Support Unit. Its mission is to transform front-line clinical and organizational practices and to promote the integration of care and services through patient-centred research.

July 23 2018

Our team publishes the second update of its Cochrane review on implementation of shared decision making in clinical practices

Our team has just published a Cochrane systematic review entitled: Opens external link in new windowInterventions for increasing the use of shared decision making by healthcare professionals.

Shared decision making (SDM) is a process by which a healthcare choice is made by the patient, significant others, or both with one or more healthcare professionals. However, it has not yet been widely adopted in practice. This is the second update of this Cochrane review, which aimed to determine the effectiveness of interventions for increasing the use of SDM by healthcare professionals. We considered interventions targeting patients, interventions targeting healthcare professionals, and interventions targeting both. Data analysis revealed that the certainty of the evidence is low or very low, and therefore we cannot be certain yet which interventions for increasing the use of SDM by healthcare professionals are effective.

Authors: France Légaré, Rhéda Adekpedjou, Dawn Stacey, Stéphane Turcotte, Jennifer Kryworuchko, Ian D. Graham, Anne Lyddiatt, Mary C. Politi, Richard Thomson, Glyn Elwyn, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff

July 11 2018

Our team publishes an article in the journal The Gerontologist about SDM and housing transitions

Our team recently published an article in the journal The Gerontologist entitled: Opens external link in new windowShared Decision Making About Housing Transitions for Persons With Dementia: A Four-Case Care Network Perspective.

Persons with dementia (PWDs) and their caregivers often face difficult housing decisions, that is, decisions about their living arrangements, in which the perspectives of all members of the care network should be involved. The study aim to assess the extent to which housing decisions for PWDs with their formal and informal caregivers correspond to an interprofessional shared decision making (IP-SDM) approach, and what light this approach sheds on their experiences with decision making. Results show that while the IP-SDM model was helpful, the options change with cognitive decline and moving to a nursing home can become inevitable in spite of preferences.

Authors: Mirjam Marjolein Garvelink, Leontine Groen-van de Ven,  Carolien Smits, Rob Franken, Myrra Dassen-Vernooij,  France Légaré.

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