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In this pillar the OMNI Research Group has committed to applying an integrated knowledge translation (iKT) approach to ensure that the research objectives of the Foundation Program are well-defined, highly relevant and fulfilled. Pillar 4 involves ongoing, collaborative knowledge exchange involving patients, investigators and knowledge-users (health professionals, policy makers). Our KT plan includes both traditional and strategic methods of dissemination customized for patients, healthcare decision makers and clinicians/researchers.
Traditional dissemination will occur in the form of peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations targeted at clinicians/researchers while incorporating new, open science practices to promote collaborative outcomes. Strategic dissemination to this audience will be in the form of technical papers reviewing important lessons learned and impact on maternity care. These will be widely disseminated through existing networks with our partners including but not limited to those at BORN Ontario, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), Obesity Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Working with health care provider groups such as the SOGC, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Association of Midwives will ensure that new policies and/or regulations are developed collaboratively and implemented transparently with health care provider engagement. We will also work with national and provincial regulatory bodies to ensure that policies which could affect access to care for patients, such as health care workforce planning, are informed by the results of our program. Strategic dissemination will also take the form of educational resources and decision aids as well as technical reports and summaries appropriate for other target audiences such as pregnant women, their families and hospital leadership. Finally, we are actively seeking to partner with patients to provide the patient perspective on the development and implementation of our research strategies. Collaboratively with patient advisors we will define strategies for their meaningful, efficient and effective involvement throughout the program.
Tools and strategies to increase health care providers’ awareness of an issue before it becomes significant can facilitate involvement in practice change, reduce practice variation, and improve patient care. Our Foundation Program focuses on improving pregnancy and short- and long-term health outcomes for expectant mothers and their children. Fulfilling our objectives will have a major impact clinically while at the same time building research capacity. Outputs will incorporate open science practices, advance clinical knowledge, decrease the burden on the health care system, train the next generation of researchers in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine and improve health outcomes for pregnant women by the effective translation of new knowledge into practice. The impact of this research program will not be isolated to Canada – the results are generalizable to pregnant patients worldwide.