Monday April 18, 2016

A success story of Best Practice Implementation in Canada

The Spinal Cord Injury Knowledge Mobilization Network (SCI KMN) is a community of practice that has evolved out of a national best practice implementation effort that began in 2011. It is a network of 6 rehabilitation hospitals located in 3 provinces (Alberta, Ontario and Quebec) that work collaboratively.

The goal of the network is to improve health outcomes for individuals with SCI with demonstrated economic impact through implementation science leading to innovations in clinical practice, by:

Translating available evidence into clinical practice through the development and application of SCI practice resources and utilization of implementation science

Strengthening and sustaining knowledge mobilization infrastructure and facilitating environments

Contributing to the evidence based of SCI care and the science of implementation

To date, the KMN initiative has trained over 300 staff in pressure ulcer best practices, initiated work in pain management, and approximately 50 staff have received “hands on” training in implementation science methodology at the six facilities throughout Canada.

SCI KMN has a newsletter since December that features the perspectives of an SCI thought-leader and highlights one of the SCI KMN implementation sites.

To view their latest newsletter:

To visit their Website:

What’s new in research on SCI

Interesting article:

Rubinelli, S., Glässel, A., Brach, M. (2016). From the person’s perspective: perceived problems in functioning among individuals with spinal cord injury in Switzerland. Journal Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; 48: 235–243. To read the full article:

PAR-QoL Webinar:

If you did not have the chance to attend the Webinar on the PAR-QoL website and would like to know more about theoretical and psychometric considerations related to quality of life outcome tool selection in SCI, you can access the Webinar through this link:

SCI Community Survey

The Spinal Cord Injury Community Survey (SCICS) is the largest study of its kind to ever be done in Canada among people with SCI. The primary objective of the SCICS is to confirm the most important SCI-specific needs of Canadians with SCI.

A preliminary analysis of the data is now available. The participants’ report is part of a comprehensive knowledge translation plan.

To read or download the report:

Upcoming conferences – 2016

The PRAXIS 2016 Conference is hosted by the Rick Hansen Institute and will be held in Vancouver, Canada on April 25-27, 2016. Look for our posters to learn more about PAR-QoL during this event. For more information on the conference:

The 55th ISCOS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Vienna, Austria on September 14-16, 2016. Abstract submission is extended until May 6th and early bird rates for registration are available until July 3rd. For more information:

The ACRM 93rd Annual Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research. The conference will be held in Chicago, USA, October 30th to November 4, 2016. Call for abstracts is still open! Best rates for registration end on April 26, 2016. For more information:

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