Session – Increase the Systematic Use of Evidence
Monday July 15th – 09:00
Advancing the science of knowledge synthesis to increase the uptake of evidence
Knowledge users (such as patients, healthcare providers, policy-makers) require relevant, timely and high quality information for their decision-making needs. Advancing the science of different forms of knowledge synthesis – for example, rapid reviews, scoping reviews, and network meta-analysis – allows researchers to provide knowledge users with different types of evidence more rapidly without compromising results, which may be more suitable to their needs. This may also result in increased uptake of results and reduced research waste.
Andrea C. Tricco is a Scientist and Director of the Knowledge Synthesis Team in the Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and Co-Director of the Queen’s Collaboration for Health Care Quality Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence. Her research program focuses on advancing the science of knowledge synthesis and responding to information needs of decision-makers (including policy-makers, healthcare providers, and patients) through knowledge synthesis.
Dr. Tricco currently holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Synthesis and the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science Early Researcher Award. She has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. She has conducted knowledge synthesis at the international (e.g. World Health Organization), national (e.g. Health Canada), provincial (e.g. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care), and local (e.g. Toronto Central Local Health Integrated Network) levels. Her online systematic review course, offered through the University of Toronto, has been completed by over 360 trainees/staff.