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Title: Knowledge exchange in the mental health arena: The CREST.BD experience
Author: Michalak, Erin
Subject Keywords Bipolar disorder;Social context;Knowledge exchange;Health behaviour
Issue Date: 2009-04
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2009-11-25
Series/Report no. Presentations. NEXUS Spring Institute 2009. University of British Columbia.
Abstract: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a complex, chronic psychiatric condition estimated to affect half a million Canadians. Historically, research into BD has focused upon the biological and genetic causes of the condition, and pharmacologic or somatic approaches to its treatment. Only recently have we seen an upsurge of interest in examining the role of psychosocial factors in the course and treatment of BD. In 2007, we received MSFHR funding to coalesce a multidisciplinary team of individuals (the ‘Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder’ or CREST.BD), including consumers with BD, to focus upon this area of research. CREST.BD has taken a collaborative, integrated, research approach since the team’s inception, involving consumers with BD, their family members and the wider research and clinical communities directly in the processes such as: indentifying research questions, choosing methodologies, collecting data, developing scales, interpreting findings and disseminating results. Effective knowledge exchange (KE) is a primary mandate of the group, and we have used a variety of techniques to promote KE. For example, the team produces regular education events, newsletters and publications. Each year, CREST.BD holds 3 consecutive one-day events: a team planning event, a continuing professional development conference and a Community Consultation Day. In 2008, consumers who attended the consultation day were asked to identify their priorities for research; research into stigma in BD was at the top of their agenda. On the basis of this consultation exercise, we submitted an application for CIHR operating funds for a mixed methods study to examine the relationship between QoL and stigma in BD and a request for CIHR Knowledge to Action funds to support CREST.BD in its KE activities.
Affiliation: Nursing, School of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/15797
Peer Review Status: Not Peer-Reviewed

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