Show me the Evidence

Fall 2014
Volume 2, Issue 3

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With Show me the Evidence, CIHR is aiming to provide an in-depth look at some of the research we fund and how the research results are being applied. Through videos, links and the researcher's own words, these stories offer a glimpse of how health research works. But the stories on this site are just the beginning of the conversation. The publication is intended to break down the barrier between researchers and the general public. It provides a forum for researchers wanting to share additional information on their projects and for members of the public wanting to comment and ask questions about research. We will also continue to collect reader feedback via email, Twitter and Facebook and share it in the space below.

Feedback on the Spring 2014 Issue

To ensure that we are delivering the right content in the right format, we launched a short survey along with our spring 2014 issue. We designed the survey to help us learn more about our readers, and how we might improve Show me the Evidence. We received responses from a range of audiences, including researchers, health professionals, patients and caregivers. They provided excellent feedback on the publication:

  • A majority of respondents felt that the articles are an appropriate length (81%) and contain an appropriate level of scientific detail (76%).
  • Most readers found the articles easy to understand (95%) and interesting (92%).

We also received some thoughtful comments on how we could improve Show me the Evidence:

  • "Find a way to also present research trainees and their perspective."
  • "The 'At a Glance' section caught my attention and is a useful summary. I would like a graphic visualization of similar/complementary research being done by other teams to better understand the momentum at which a particular set of questions are being investigated."
  • "First time I read Show me the Evidence, and it was fascinating!"

Based on the results, we will be exploring ways to profile a greater diversity of researchers, present more contextual information in our articles, and keep new readers coming back for more!

We want to thank all those who took the time to complete the survey and share their thoughts with us.

Feedback on the Fall 2013 Issue

The articles in our fall 2013 issue on patient-oriented health research received numerous comments via Facebook and YouTube.

For example, the article on Dr. Allan Best’s work on health system reform in Saskatchewan triggered a spirited discussion about hospital wait times on our Facebook page. A couple of readers even shared their positive, first-hand experiences with "lean management" in their local health care facilities. And our "Evidence in the Making" post on Dr. Shawn Aaron’s research on the accuracy of asthma diagnoses resonated with a reader, who wrote, "Interesting, [I have] always wondered about my 'asthma'. I have allergies and am sure that’s all it is and very rarely use inhalers." (Heather Anthony Rowe)

Feedback on the Spring 2013 Issue

With the release of our fourth issue of Show me the Evidence, we received a number of email subscription requests for future issues of the publication. On the Facebook page, the different stories received many "Likes" and were shared by a wide group of readers.

Feedback on the Fall 2012 Issue

We received numerous comments on the Show me the Evidence Facebook page in response to the story and video describing Dr. Shoo Lee’s work to improve neonatal care in Canada. Many readers described their experiences with neonatal intensive care units and shared heartfelt stories describing the birth of now adult sons and daughters.

"My daughter was born at 33 weeks gestation. She weighed two pounds, three ounces and lost weight after she was born, so at a pound and three quarters, she was very small. Today she is a 25-year-old nurse practitioner in good health, with no ill effects. Born at 34 weeks gestation, her brother was also premature. Today he is 5 foot 9 and 200 lbs. of muscle. He will be 20 years old tomorrow! Neonatologists are miracle workers. Thanks to them, everything is possible!" (Diane Sigouin)

Other readers applauded efforts being made to improve the level of care. "Bravo! Great to hear of these amazing improvements. Well done!" (Shannon Boutin Doyle) "Very encouraging work and pattern of evidence-based work!" (Laurie Wells) "Any improvements in NICU care are important. This is interesting and informative, and the idea of including parents more in care is especially important as parents often feel helpless in these situations." (Paula McAllister)

Feedback on the Spring 2012 Issue

CIHR received feedback on a number of stories in Issue No. 2 of Show me the Evidence. Many of these comments were provided either through our Facebook page or via YouTube. If you haven’t already commented on this publication, please do so – we want to hear your input via these sites or by email to publications@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Mental health was a popular topic. Several people reported that learning about the work of Dr. Zindel Segal, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, was very helpful to them. Others indicated that they liked Dr. Segal’s approach.

"I really like the emphasis on using these skills in a person’s daily life. It’s when we’re making decisions during our day-to-day activities that we have the opportunity to build great mental health," wrote one.

"Cognitive therapy is most effective in dealing with depression... Once a person learns how to deal with the realities of life nothing remains impossible," said another.

A second story on the Strongest Families program also attracted comment.

"Bravo, this is an encouraging initiative. Parents are struggling without knowing what to do, especially in our country where support for the mentally ill is almost non-existent," commented one reader on the Show me the Evidence Facebook page.

Two readers raised questions about the efficacy of providing mental health services using a distance-based approach.

"Mental health issues should not be treated by phone!" said one.

We also ran a Facebook poll asking respondents to choose among several options for reducing long wait times for children in need of mental health services. The overwhelming majority (64%) supported increasing the availability of services in the school system. Meanwhile, 26% of respondents supported the creation of distance-based programs to reach more children.

Finally, one reader commented on the publication as a whole, saying, "We’re particularly proud of what Canadian researchers have demonstrated!"

Thanks for the feedback.

Feedback on the Fall 2011 Issue

A reader from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) wrote in to alert us to potentially useful information related to the theme of our second issue of Show me the Evidence, focusing on the care and management of chronic diseases and mental health.

"As part of its ongoing knowledge exchange efforts, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health presented 12 Café Scientifique events across Canada in 2010–11 to discuss the evidence around self-monitoring of blood glucose in type 2 diabetes. The events were well-attended and received positive feedback on the Café Scientifique approach to engaging audiences with health evidence. As one Vancouver participant put it: 'I really enjoyed this session. The fiery conversation inspired by debate is well worth coming out on a night off. Finally, we are looking at why we do things rather than just doing what we always have.'"

Read more about CADTH's Café Scientifique events in CADTH's SMBG Casebook [ PDF (2.15 MB) - external link ].

A reader from the Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD) had some positive feedback on our first issue:

"Last week I came across the first issue of Show me the Evidence, a truly fantastic and timely publication. Thank you for embarking on this new initiative and sharing our country's diverse research among wider communities."

To learn more about the CREST.BD team, based at the University of British Columbia, visit their website.