Canadian Dementia Knowledge
Translation Network (CDKTN)
These activities will result in:
- Increased and enhanced KT&E so that effective dementia treatments, services, and products can be developed and put into practice.
- More experts trained in knowledge translation and exchange.
- A research culture shift in which KT&E are essential components of research activities.
- Enhanced dissemination of research findings via novel means (technology-based, arts-based).
- Enhanced knowledge and skills (best practices) of caregivers.
- Development of clinically-relevant and patient-centred research.
- Increased patient and caregiver access to information, resources, and tools.
- Strengthened links between industry, researchers, clinicians, caregivers, and persons with dementia.
Why is this initiative important?
- The high prevalence of cognitive impairment associated with ageing have a significant impact on family and professional caregivers.
- The health system is challenged to provide efficient and effective health services for those with dementia and their caregivers.
- There is a need for dementia care that is based on sound research evidence.
- However, research findings are not always translated into meaningful and relevant dementia treatments and care strategies.
- Although there are many researchers and clinicians across the country whose work makes significant impacts related to dementia care, they often operate in isolation from one another.
- A national network will work to build on existing capacity for KT&E.
Ultimately, this initiative will:
- Increase patient and caregiver access to information about dementia.
- Increase the uptake and application of research findings to dementia care.
By doing this, we can improve the quality of life and care for people with dementia and their caregivers.