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How knowledge exchange in primary health care research can benefit people with diabetes: A qualitative study was presented by an SRAP fellow

How can knowledge exchange in primary health care research benefit people with diabetes? A qualitative study was presented by our post-doctoral fellow Francesca Brundisini at a webinar hosted by Diabetes Action Canada on September 15.

Research findings on diabetes treatment often lead to different approaches to managing the disease. How is this information communicated to the people who need it: i.e., practitioners and citizens? Francesca Brundisini examines how a patient-oriented research approach can lead to the dissemination of new knowledge to the general public.

In her presentation, Ms. Brundisini discusses the citizens’ workshop project in public libraries led by our Research on health and social systems, knowledge application and implementation, and presents a strategy for disseminating and sharing knowledge.
The results help us understand how citizens, science communicators and physicians take stock of the knowledge presented at citizen workshops in public libraries.
See the content of the presentation here.

Citizen Lectures in detail

The Citizen Lectures to popularize health care knowledge were offered in 25 public libraries in the Montreal and Quebec City networks, reaching 362 citizens. In collaboration with the chair, Dr. France Légaré, and science writer Valérie Borde, the knowledge translation experts from Unité de soutien SRAP du Québec developed a proof of concept for popularizing and disseminating research findings to the general public.

At the end of these activities, participants reported a good level of acceptability for the activity and better knowledge of the subject presented. A number research centres, such as CHU de Québec, are now collaborating with Ms. Borde to support their researchers in this type of activity. With financial support from the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), Ms. Borde created the Centre Déclic to conduct similar dissemination activities for research findings.