Conference to focus on transfer of knowledge from research to practice in emergency medicine

The translation of important results of clinical research into consistent benefits for patients is of special interest to Emergency Medicine and will be the subject of the 2007 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference. The Conference, which may be the first of its kind to be organized under the aegis of a specific accredited medical specialty, will provide an opportunity for participants to not only learn about, but participate in, the development of a Knowledge Translation research agenda and coordinated initiative. The Conference has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

The disconnect between what is known from high quality clinical research and what gets regularly incorporated into clinical practice is a well recognized problem in all health care fields. Knowledge Translation describes a multidisciplinary endeavor that seeks to facilitate identifying and overcoming the obstacles to traversing this disconnect. The conference has assembled a talented and renowned group of experts to lead eight sessions in two focus areas, culminating in two afternoon breakout sessions where recommendations for future work will be endorsed.

The highlight of the conference will be a plenary address by keynote speaker and AHRQ Director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy on the challenges and opportunities that the EM community faces in closing the gap between research and practice during a lunchtime presentation.

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear perspectives from the Vice President for Knowledge Translation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ian Graham. One of the founders of the Knowledge Translation field, Jeremy Grimshaw, will talk about Research Methodology in KT. Jean Slutsky, the Director for the Center for Outcomes and Evidence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will address funding oppor

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