External Knowledge Resources

You may find the following resources helpful. The links are provided solely for your information and are from external resources. The sites are not maintained by us.

Externally Produced Documents

Collaborative Emergency Care Centres: Rapid Knowledge Synthesis
Dr. Jill Hayden and her team were funded through our Knowledge Programs to examine the evidence around Collaborative Emergency Centre's (CEC's). The team presented this rapid evidence summary report to the Department of Health and Wellness to assist in their decision making regarding CEC's.
Collaborative Emergency Centres: Rapid Knowledge Synthesis Short Report
Collaborative Emergency Centres: Rapid Knowledge Synthesis Full Report

Web Based Resources

"A central, reliable and impartial resource for literature, news and discussion about health care funding policies in Canada and internationally." The website, developed by Jason Sutherland at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia, provides information and highlights key considerations relevant to decision makers, administrators and researchers. Activity-based funding is currently featured, but new content on different aspects of hospital and health care funding will be added to the website over time.

An online resource for helping media access evidence to high profile policy issues.

Health Systems Evidence
Health Systems Evidence is a continuously updated repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems. Over time Health Systems Evidence will also contain a continuously updated repository of economic evaluations in these same domains, descriptions of health system reforms, and descriptions of health systems.

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH)
The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial governments to provide credible, impartial advice and evidence-based information about the effectiveness of drugs and other health technologies to Canadian health care decision makers.

The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre's
The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre's website contains information geared toward specific audiences such as authors, health care providers, consumers and policy-makers.

CIHR Knowledge Translation Overview
CIHR resources on KT, including a list of website links

Health Evidence
This web site is a free, searchable online registry of research evidence evaluating the effectiveness of all public health interventions. It saves time and money by eliminating the need for public health decision makers to search for, retrieve, assess and synthesize evidence about the impact of public health interventions. This results in more efficient and effective delivery of public health programs and services. There are more than 1,100 systematic reviews available.

Journals and Databases

The impetus behind Bandolier is to find information about evidence of effectiveness (or lack of it), and put the results forward as simple bullet points of those things that worked and those that did not: a bandolier with bullets. Information comes from systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomised trials, and from high quality observational studies.  Each month PubMed and the Cochrane Library are searched for systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in the recent past.

Best Evidence Topics (BETs) bring the evidence one step closer to the bedside, by providing answers to very specific clinical problems, using the best available evidence. Each Topic answers a carefully worded 3-part question, using a structured approach to finding and reviewing the literature. BETs are designed specifically for Emergency Medicine. The BET method allows the use of lower quality research, and lists the shortcomings of the evidence used. As with other forms of EBM topic review, each BET has a clinical "bottom line" for the busy physician. Being brief and well-structured, BETs can be reviewed at regular intervals, to ensure the evidence remains the best available. The online database  allows visitors to browse or search topics, and then print, email or comment on them

The Cochrane Library 
The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of the world’s best medical research studies, and are recognized as the gold standard in evidence-based health care.  The Cochrane Library is freely accessible in Nova Scotia with a public library card by clicking on the link above.