Event Date: Dec 08, 2016

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12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm - EST

Improving long term care is important to all of us. Research on the diffusion of innovations tells us that understanding the networks in which long term care professionals share advice can facilitate the spread of best practices throughout the sector. In this presentation, we will discuss the results of our research to map and analyze these networks across Canada, and outline how professionals working in the long term care sector can use these results to improve resident care.

This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)




Carole Estabrooks, PhD University of Alberta

Dr Carole A Estabrooks is Professor, Faculty of Nursing, at the University of Alberta, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation. She is a Member of the Order of Canada (CM) and a Fellow in both the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is Scientific Director of the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program (KUSP) and the pan-Canadian Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program hosted at the University of Alberta. 

Dr Estabrooks' applied health services research program focuses on knowledge translation in the health sciences. She studies the influence of organizations on the use of knowledge and its effects on quality of care, quality of life/quality of end of life and quality of work life outcomes. Her work is primarily situated in the residential long term care sector and focuses increasingly on quality improvement and the spread and scale-up of innovation. 

Dr. Estabrooks is a past member and vice-chair of CIHR’s Institute of Aging Advisory Board. She is appointed in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health and is affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Nursing Health Services Research Unit. She is a co-investigator on numerous national and international research projects. She is the 2014 recipient of the CIHR Institute of Aging’s Betty Havens prize in Knowledge Translation. She teaches in the doctoral program and supervises undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She has developed and continues to evaluate the Alberta Context Tool (ACT) currently in use in nine countries and six languages.

James Dearing, PhD, Michigan State University

James Dearing is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. Recently he was Senior Scientist for Kaiser Permanente, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the United States. Dr. Dearing specializes in the diffusion of innovations, and the use of diffusion principles to disseminate and effectively implement and sustain worthy innovations. He studied under and worked closely with Everett M. Rogers for 20 years. 

Janice Keefe, PhD, Mount Saint Vincent University

Janice Keefe is Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. She holds appointments at Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Medicine and Graduate Studies and UNB’s School of Graduate Studies. In 2002, she was selected as Mount Saint Vincent’s first Canada Research Chair in Aging and Caregiving Policy which she held from 2002-2012. Dr. Keefe has received provincial, national and international recognition of her research, most recently from the Canadian Healthcare Association for her contribution to Continuing Care in Canada. In 2006, she was awarded the Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and appointed Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging. Dr. Keefe’s research areas are caregiving policy and practice, continuing care policy and projecting the needs of older Canadians in the future.

Stephanie Chamberlain, University of Alberta

Stephanie Chamberlain is a doctoral student at the University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing. She is an Alzheimer Society of Canada Doctoral Fellow and a Revera Scholar, and also the President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology Student Connection. Her research interests focus on the relationship between staff, family caregivers, and quality of life in long-term care.