Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Nursing as part of the 2014 Marion Woodward Lecture. Nurses are positioned ideally to affect patient and family outcomes at both the individual and organizational level. The conceptual and theoretical basis of change and implementation science not only underlies the process of changing health care provider practice but also effectiveness, efficiency, economic and policy outcomes. In this lecture, the clinical problem of acute pain for hospitalized patients will be used as an exemplar to address how research and quality improvement processes can effectively change practices and outcomes. Issues related to evidence, context, facilitation and knowledge translation processes and sustainability will be addressed.

Dr. Bonnie Stevens focuses her research on the assessment and management of pain in infants and children, and the effectiveness of knowledge translation strategies to improve child health outcomes. She is the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Children’s Pain, which is researching interactive multifaceted interventions for translating paediatric pain research into practice in eight paediatric hospitals across Canada.

Dr. Stevens is a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Toronto. She is the inaugural Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, the first paediatric nursing research chair to be based in Canada. At U of T, Dr. Stevens teaches the Theories of Pain: Impact on the Individual, Family and Society course and will introduce a new course on Implementation Science in Health in 2015. She is also the Director of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain. At the Hospital for Sick Children, she is the Associate Chief Nursing, Research; Co-Director of the Pain Centre; and a Senior Scientist in the Research Institute.

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