Dalhousie University


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.



Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine