IBTNetwork Activities (Summer 2017 Newsletter)


Dr. Linda E. Carlson: Moving from Best Evidence to Best Practice

Dr. Linda Carlson was recently awarded a Chair from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under a grant entitled Mentorship Program in Innovative Integrative Oncology Clinical Trials: Moving from Best Evidence to Best Practice. Using a mentorship approach, the program will train students in patient-oriented research methods, including Patient Engagement (PE) and Knowledge Translation (KT) strategies, and will conduct cutting-edge clinical research in integrative cancer therapies.

Thanks to this new Chair, Dr. Linda Carlson combines integrative oncology research with her passion for mentorship and patient engagement. Over the next decade, she believes that more real-world, pragmatic patient-centred research focused on effectiveness will translate into improving everyday clinical practice.

Read the full article about Dr. Carlson

IBTN Co-Directors Secure Two New Canadian Chair Appointments

Two of IBTN’s co-chairs, Drs. Kim Lavoie and Simon Bacon, have set out to increase ties between researchers and build capacity for the next generation of researchers through a new Chair in Behavioural Medicine from Université du Québec à Montréal (Dr. Kim Lavoie) and a five-year appointment by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (Dr. Simon Bacon). Aiming for a better understanding of the behavioural and psychological factors influencing chronic disease and at developing prevention, intervention, and training strategies in the field of biobehavioural research, their initiatives resonate with the growing trend of improving research trials in the field of behavioural science. Both Drs. Lavoie and Bacon are pleased to see how this important field is gaining foothold at the university, national, and international level.

Read the full article about Drs. Kim Lavoie and Simon Bacon

Dr. Molly Byrne on Strengthening Research through Public and Patient Engagement

IBTN Member Dr. Molly Byrne presented a public lecture in Montréal this past June entitled Strengthening Research through Public and Patient Engagement: An Irish Example of Patient-Oriented Research in Diabetes. In discussing the strengths and challenges of stakeholder-engaged research, Dr. Byrne shared details about studies she has conducted which used strategies to engage end-users of the research.

Her studies include a behavioural diabetes research prioritisation exercise that consulted with patients, services providers, and policy makers, and used a consensus-based approach to identify research and clinical outcomes considered important by patients and their services providers. Dr. Byrne also talked about a “young adult panel” that joined the research team to develop an intervention to promote better outcomes among this population.

Watch the lecture (YouTube, 76 minutes)


TOD Questionnaire as Clinically Informative in Cardiac Patient Populations

The TOD Questionnaire (Techniques for Overcoming Depression) is used to assess the frequency with which patients being treated for depression use cognitive behavioural techniques in daily life. A study led by IBTN Core member Dr. K.E. Freedland (Washington University School of Medicine) published earlier this year in Cognitive Therapy and Research examined the questionnaire’s latent structure, reliability, and concurrent validity in depressed cardiac patients. Mokken scaling was used to determine its dimensionality.

The study revealed that the TOD was unidimensional, sensitive to change, and that the total score correlates with therapist ratings of the patient in relation to CBT socialization, homework adherence, and use of CB techniques. The authors suggest that other TOD studies are needed in different depressed patient populations.

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REACH study investigates improving retention and engagement in outpatient HIV care

Conducted in the U.K., results of the REACH study were published last March in Health Services and Delivery Research. The study aimed at exploring, describing, and understanding outpatient care adherence in people living with HIV. The study developed a “retention risk tool” to identify those at risk of disengaging from care.

Quantitative and qualitative data showed that a range of psychological, social and economic issues were associated with disengagement from care. The authors, which include IBTN Core member Dr. Susan Michie (University College London), propose that future research is needed to validate the retention risk tool across populations and settings.

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Summer School in Experimental Science Journalism (Montréal, August 7-11)

IBTN core member Dr. David Secko, Chair of Journalism and Associate Professor at the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics at Concordia University (Montréal, Canada), invites graduate students to attend Projected Futures, a summer school in experimental science journalism in Montréal from August 7 to 11.

Projected Futures is an intensive and experiential summer school that will challenge participants to rethink how science is communicated with society. Graduate students will be exposed to the foundations of evidence-based science journalism and then asked to experiment to create new forms of scientific storytelling.

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Big Data Used to Reveal Health Trends: NIH Human Movement Study

Using a larger dataset than any previous human movement study, a team led by Scott L. Delp, Ph.D., James H. Clark Professor of Bioengineering and Director of the Mobilize Center at Stanford University, analyzed 68 million days of minute-by-minute step motion recordings from over 717,000 smartphone users of the Azumio Argus app from 111 countries. The study focused on 46 countries with at least 1,000 users. Delp explained that the new study provides user data taken in their free-living environments rather than self-reporting survey methods, and introduces a new frontier for health science data collection.

Tweeted by @NIH

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Enhancing Participation in Health Examination Surveys

Capturing information about population health requires improved rates of participation in health examination surveys. A Finnish study suggests that simply increasing flexibility relating to examination times and places could help increase willingness to participate.

Tweeted by @MaritaHennessy

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IBTN Conference 2018 – Call for Topics

The IBTN 2018 Conference Scientific Committee is hard at work identifying topics and speakers for the upcoming Montréal conference in May 2018. We’d like to hear from you! Are you interested in hearing particular experts? Are there special topics you’d like to see addressed? Are there skill workshops you’d like to attend? Send your suggestions to info@ibtnetwork.org.

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