IMHA Knowledge translation and patient engagement

Patients, patient advocates and consumers can make a tremendous contribution towards the creation of a research agenda that addresses the most pressing health issues of the day. With this in mind, IMHA has taken steps to include this valuable stakeholder group in workshops, conferences and other pertinent meetings.

In 2003, IMHA called together a Knowledge Exchange Task Force (KETF) committed to the creation of a communication pathway linking researchers and key stakeholders. The result of the Task Force’s work was the development of the IMHA Research Ambassadors. IMHA also has gathered together a committee of representatives from different organizations including researchers, clinicians, industry, patient advocates and policy makers, called our Partners in Knowledge Translation (PKT) committee.

Please see their respective pages for more information:


Several patient engagement initiatives IMHA is involved with are to present researchers with a travel award as an incentive to continue to practice plain language writing to describe their research to make it accessible to the public. Please learn about the Research Ambassadors Knowledge Translation Award at the link below.

Recently, IMHA undertook a major patient engagement initiative with the UK-based James Lind Alliance to complete a Priority Setting Partnership for Adult Fibromyalgia. Please visit the website for more information.

Other CIHR Knowledge Translation Resources

On behalf of CIHR, each institute encourages its stakeholders to engage in Knowledge Translation and Patient Engagement. More information about CIHR’s work in these areas can be found at the following websites:

To help us more fully and appropriately engage the Patient-Public Sector, we welcome your feedback including suggestions for relevant links to other websites. Please contact:

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