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Communities of Practice - literature

Knowledge Networks - literature

> This 83 page report by Robeson has an excellent glossary including a definition of networks, networking, network of practice (pp. 57-58) and community of practice, which are further explained throughout the paper. The author, Robeson, advises that it doesn't matter what definition you use, it is important that "meanings are clarified for members and the terms are used consistently" (p. 15).

] Also see: Networks Digest (Issue 1, 2005 to Issue 35, 2007) for user friendly two page articles on networks and CoPs.

Knowledge Networks / CoP – examples

The NICS Emergency Department Collaborative established a network of multidisciplinary teams from 47 emergency departments across the country. This provided members of the collaborative network access to evidence, clinical information, resources and tools to improve practice. NICS seeks to establish an Emergency Care community of practice to build on the work of the Emergency Department Collaborative and extend the network to all emergency departments across the spectrum of emergency care needs from rural and remote to metropolitan settings.

Also see: Models of Telehealth. An invitational Workshop, February 27-28, 2004, McGill University, pp.18-20. Project outline: One of the most innovative Canada-wide Francophone research projects is the community of practice for heart health. It will in fact become the first community of practice for health in Canada. It is being championed by the Order of Nurses of Quebec, and CEFRIO will be making a valuable contribution. Funding will be provided by Industry Canada through the CANARIE program. The project's primary task is to establish a community of practice in heart health to study the dynamics of such a community and its impact on practice for the nurses involved, who will asynchronously discuss, share and negotiate points of view, ideas and both tacit and explicit knowledge with a view to collectively dealing with or resolving common issues and concerns. This new approach will make it possible for nurses to seek information that is useful to them in improving the practice of their profession. The software, Knowledge Forum, provides a virtual environment that is conducive to collective job-related problem solving. Other partners include: CEFRIO, the Montreal Heart Institute, Laval Hospital in Quebec City, the Ottawa Hospital, the Saint John (New Brunswick) Regional Hospital, the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing and the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses. Order of Nurses of Quebec. [Information originally sources from James Caldwell Palmer (13 June, 2006)]

Knowledge (Research) Networks – examples Project aim: The aim of the Collaborative Research Hub is to establish partnerships with long-term enduring relations, which creates networks and connections to build on the social capital within the primary health care sector. The collaboration provides the opportunity to create ‘an engine room’ and platform to consolidate the vast amount of knowledge to provide focus and direction for the Queensland primary health care sector. This collaboration aims to increase the dialogue between researchers, service providers, funding bodies and consumers at each of the critical stages of development in setting priorities, doing the research, sharing the findings and ensuring end-user application.

MJFF is committed to solving problems that slow down forward movement. We identify needed research tools with potential to bolster efforts throughout the field, then work with appropriate partners to engineer these tools at a high level of quality. Once we have developed them, we create (or leverage existing) practical distribution channels that remove hurdles to their widespread use by academic and industry researchers.

“Historically, ALS research was conducted by committed ALS researchers working separately on various aspects of the disease. Project A.L.S.™ changed that approach dramatically by requiring that researchers and doctors from many disciplines work together, share data openly, and meet shared research milestones.”

If you read about Project ALS and the substantial progress made with regard to stimulating a collaborative international research effort, you will see an emergent health care community of practice

Knowledge transfer

Abstract: “The findings of this study highlight the potential advantage of exploiting existing formal and informal networking as a key to conveying evidence to clinicians.” Abstract: This paper provides a contemporary review of key issues affecting the uptake of clinical guidelines by general practitioners in Australia and internationally. Attention is given to the barriers that affect guideline uptake, the quality of guidelines, and the dissemination of guidelines to GPs in practice settings. The paper proposes a localized approach to knowledge transfer using “learning communities” and “normalisation” of practice as a way of overcoming persistent problems with guideline uptake. Also see: Part of The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals

counts as evidence in evidence-based practice? J Adv Nurs 2004; 47:81-90. Partial abstract: Against a background of financial constraints, risk reduction, increased managerialism research evidence, and more specifically research about effectiveness, have assumed pre-eminence. However, the practice of effective nursing, which is mediated through the contact and relationship between individual practitioner and patient, can only be achieved by using several sources of evidence. This paper outlines the potential contribution of four types of evidence in the delivery of care, namely research, clinical experience, patient experience and information from the local context. Fundamentally, drawing on these four sources of evidence will require the bringing together of two approaches to care: the external, scientific and the internal, intuitive.

Knowledge translation

An extensive bibliography of research impact and research transfer resources that indirectly relates to communities of practice indirectly. Articles listed focus on knowledge brokering, knowledge translation and knowledge exchange with an emphasis on research to practice to policy. This 138 page report focuses on knowledge translation and knowledge transfer of evidence based practice. Contents: Introduction – knowledge transfer, implementation science, and readiness for change – Use of research evidence and readiness for change – Experts’ perspectives on implementing evidence-based practice – Best practices for transfer and implementation of evidence-based practices – Taking action.

Knowledge and learning


Knowledge and learning for patients and caregivers Abstract: “These findings support the design of formal practices to strengthen communication and relationships among key caregivers on surgical units.”

Social / support networks (consumer health, patient / caregiver network) - examples

] Health e-communities are specialized social networks that function as virtual communities, using the Internet to enable members to use the Internet to share information and emotional support. This wiki includes useful resources / references on: HeC as social networks, list management best practices, eCommunity research.

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