Show me the Evidence

Fall 2011
Volume 1, Issue 1

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Welcome to the first issue of Show me the Evidence.

For more than a decade, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has supported some of the best and brightest health researchers in the world in their quest to improve the health and well-being of Canadians through research.

But their discoveries and research findings do not become innovations until they are actually applied. Research results need to be integrated into clinical practice. They need to form the basis of effective and efficient health policies and programs. They need to be translated into new services and products to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.

Knowledge translation (KT) is the process by which this happens. There are many paths to effective KT. This publication is one of them.

Show me the Evidence was conceived as a way of showcasing some of the high-quality and relevant research supported by CIHR. Canada faces a number of key health and health system challenges, challenges that CIHR has responded to by setting research priorities for the organization and health research across the country. In all, there are five priorities:

  • Enhance patient-oriented care and improve clinical results through scientific and technological innovations.
  • Support a high-quality, accessible and sustainable health care system.
  • Reduce health inequities of Aboriginal peoples and other vulnerable populations.
  • Prepare for and respond to existing and emerging global threats to health.
  • Promote health and reduce the burden of chronic disease and mental illness.

The first issue of Show me the Evidence will address one of these priorities, presenting a range of stories about important research findings and how they are having an impact.

This premier issue presents three stories about initiatives that have the potential to improve the delivery of health services to Canadians:

  • the benefits of integrating pharmacists into primary health care teams for elderly patients and others who take several different prescription drugs;
  • the role of research evidence in prompting treatment changes in obstetric medicine; and
  • a standardized test for diagnosing and monitoring the progress of osteoarthritis in hips and knees.

All of these stories focus on different patient groups and different aspects of health care delivery. Yet they share a patient-centric focus that has resulted in real and tangible improvements to the care provided to Canadians.

CIHR-funded research and researchers have delivered:

  • better care
  • earlier diagnosis
  • improved quality of life
  • cost savings

We hope you enjoy this first issue of Show me the Evidence. We look forward to presenting many more stories of Canadian health research in action.

"Too often, we think of innovations in health care solely in terms of developing new preventive, diagnostic and treatment interventions for health, and forget that the synthesis, dissemination and integration of these new tools into care require an equal amount of creativity and ingenuity – of innovation."
CIHR President Dr. Alain Beaudet