Past conferences




September 21, 2022

Adapting a practice guide for local use: the ADAPTE method

The development and updating of high-quality practice guidelines require substantial resources. In order to take advantage of existing guidelines and reduce the duplication of effort, guideline adaptation has been proposed as an option for guideline development. The ADAPTE process provides a systematic approach to adapting guidelines produced in one setting for use in a different cultural and organizational context. The process is designed to be flexible and has been developed to meet the needs of different user groups, including guideline developers, health care providers, and policy-makers at the local and national level. The adaptation process consists of three main phases that will be discussed during this conference

September 7, 2022

Self-Care for Mental Health: Concept Definition and Models 

The purpose of this conference is to present the results of all the work of the Self-Care for Mental Health project. The project aimed to define the concept of self-care and to identify models of self-care that are proven or potentially effective, safe and ethical. The WHO ecological model was used to structure the analysis and synthesis of the data. The results of this work were used to develop a definition of self-care that is inclusive and universal through a combination of targeted literature review to a consultation of mental health experts using the DELPHI method. Then, the results of this work have also contributed to the proposal of a model of self-care in mental health that integrates the different actors and factors to be considered for the implementation of an optimal practice of self-care in mental health.

August 24, 2022

Systematic review and quality assessment process

A systematic review is a rigorous and transparent method used to collate, evaluate, and synthesize the scientific evidence needed to answer a specific question in an explicit and reproducible manner. The confidence in the results of these reviews depends on the quality of the empirical studies included as well as the rigor used to conduct the review. During this conference, the underlying methodology of a systematic review will be presented, as well as examples of the different tools used to evaluate the quality of the included empirical studies.

August 10, 2022 

What is the HSCTIA?

Health and social care technology and intervention assessment methods (HSCTIA) methods are a multidisciplinary, rigorous and transparent process that uses the best available scientific evidence as well as contextual and experiential data. This approach generates tools to inform and support decision makers on policies, health services and social services with respect to purchasing, organization, management and intervention practises. The presentation will describe the foundations and processes, as well as the challenges to be considered when producing an HSCTIA. The different types of productions developed according to the needs expressed by the applicants will also be presented.


July 27, 2022

COVID-19 and PTSD in healthcare workers: a narrative review of preventative measures and rapid-response psychological interventions

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed tremendous strain on the mental wellbeing of healthcare workers, substantially increasing their risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This presentation addresses the literature specific to healthcare workers regarding 1) PTSD prevention measures; 2) psychological interventions that have been implemented as a rapid-response to mitigate post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) during the pandemic; and provides an update regarding 3) PTSD risk factors, and 4) related treatment measures.

July 13, 2022

A beginner’s guide to understanding meta-analysis

Nearly 50 years ago, Mary Lee Smith and Gene Glass developed a statistical tool known as meta-analysis that summarizes and synthesizes research findings across different studies. Their pioneering method has become the standard for aggregating and understanding results from studies in education, psychology, and medicine. This lecture provides an overview of the objectives and assumptions of meta-analysis as well as the interpretation and understanding of a met-analytic output.

June 29, 2022

A scoping review: is it reliable?

Scoping reviews have gained popularity as a form of literature review used to synthesize knowledge in exploratory research for the purpose of informing decision-making and research. Compared to the well-known systematic reviews, scoping reviews have often been perceived as a “quick” or “cheap” alternative. This conference is designed as an introduction to scoping reviews, explaining how they differ from other reviews, why they might be done, and how they might be conducted with scientific rigour. An overview of the essential references such as the Scoping Review Methodological Framework by Arksey & O’Malley and Levac et al. enhancements as well as the 2018 Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) are also presented.

Coming in January 2024
June 15, 2022In 2010, there were an average of 75 clinical trials published per day. This number has only increased over time, stimulating the need for evidence-based evaluations and knowledge updates. The need to base health and social service practice on evidence-based information has resulted in the development and use of rigorous and transparent methods to synthesize this abundant data. Over the last few decades, several synthesis methods (or literature reviews) have been developed to meet these needs. The type of review method chosen is influenced by several factors such as the research question, the available time, the available resources, and the type of literature published. This conference presents an overview of the main types of literature reviews, as well as the criteria to consider in order to make a well-informed choice.Recording 

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