Volume 1, Issue 2
Feedback from the Community
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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 to provide a forum for researchers wanting to share additional information on their projects. We want to hear what you think about it. We will collect reader feedback via email, Twitter and Facebook and share it in the space below.
Feedback on the Second 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 email@example.com.
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 First 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 Café Casebook.
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.