The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) presents Keeping up with Knowledge Translation, a capacity development series. Each session will touch on both the practice and science of KT and will highlight researchers and organizations in the Maritimes.
The webinar series will be of interest to key stakeholders across the health care community including health care professionals, Patient Partners, trainees, policy-makers, and researchers.
This series takes place every second month, with our fifth session being on Thursday, November 18. Please see below for event details and registration.
Session 5: The Science and Practice of Evidence Synthesis
Contending with COVID-19: Real-world methods for creating rapid, high-quality, living evidence syntheses
Throughout the pandemic, research on COVID-19 has been produced at breakneck speed. As a result, there has been a proliferation of poorly conducted and unreliable studies shared widely through preprint servers, social media, and other channels. The need has never been greater to cut out the noise, and gather and synthesize only the best available evidence - fast. In this session, the MSSU Evidence Synthesis Coordinators will present two living synthesis methods - evidence briefs and rapid reviews - for capturing the best evidence on COVID-19 and communicating it to decision-makers. Using real-world examples of products developed for health system stakeholders, the speakers will demonstrate how evidence can be translated to practice just as quickly as it is produced.
Leah Boulos, Evidence Synthesis Coordinator, MSSU
Leah is a health sciences librarian with expertise in evidence synthesis. As Evidence Synthesis Coordinator, she provides training and support to teams conducting evidence syntheses including systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and environmental scans. Her areas of special focus include systematic review online training methods, librarian support of systematic reviews, streamlining review processes, and electronic searching for prognosis studies. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the Dalhousie University School of Information Management. Prior to entering the world of librarianship, she earned her Bachelor of Music in piano from Mount Allison University.
Kristy Hancock, Evidence Synthesis Coordinator, MSSU
Kristy is an Information Specialist with experience supporting health research in various settings. Most recently, Kristy was a Librarian Educator in the Library Services department of Nova Scotia Health, where she provided research support and training to healthcare professionals and learners from all over Nova Scotia. She has also worked as a Librarian at the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, where she provided faculty and students with searching expertise for systematic and scoping reviews. Kristy holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.