198627 Documentation of practices in the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy: Providing practice-based evidence to advance evidence-informed tobacco control practice

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christine Stich, PhD , Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Toronto, ON, Canada
Melody Roberts, MES , Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, Toronto, ON, Canada
John M. Garcia, PhD , Department of Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Evidence-based decision-making and the use of evidence-based practices become increasingly important for public health professionals. However, public health professional decision-making and practice are complex processes requiring a range of information and evidence. As part of the Learning through Evidence, Action and Reflection Networks (LEARN) project we offer an approach to the identification and documentation of practice-based evidence to inform tobacco practices. The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate how the documentation of practices is informing tobacco control in Ontario. The documentation of practices describes the development and implementation of practices, recognizes key success factors, as well as possibilities for future improvements. It also reports on the effectiveness of a practice in a given population and context, exploring the mechanisms contributing to effects. This will facilitate tobacco control practitioners learning from each other's experiences. Further, using a pragmatic theory-based approach to generating practice-based evidence, the documentation of practices helps our understanding of the contexts, mechanisms and outcomes associated with successful interventions thus contributing to evidence-based practice. Finally, the documentation of practices will provided the research community with practice-based evidence on effective tobacco control practices, offering insight into what is relevant in practice. It is hoped that this will guide the production of relevant research useful to practitioners. As such, the documentation of practice provides an approach to knowledge exchange that can inform both research and practice.

Learning Objectives:
The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate how the documentation of practices can informing tobacco control practices.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: PhD in Psychology; completed 2 year Transdisciplinary Training Program in Public and Population Health Research, Réseau de recherché en santé des populations du Québec, Canada; Current position: Documentation of Practice Coordinator at the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. Selected publications: Stich, C., Knäuper, B., & Tint, A. (2008). A scenario-based measure of dieting self-efficacy: The DIET-SE. Assessment. Knäuper, B., Stich, C., Yugo, M., & Tate, C. (2008). Stretched rating scales cause guided responding. Health Communication, 23, 253-258. Thompson, S., Stich, C., & Johnston, L. (2008). Lessons Learned from the Tobacco Treatment for New Canadians in Waterloo Region. http://www.otru.org/pdf/learn/LEARN_Tobacco_Treatment_for_New_Canadians.pdf Selected conference presentations: Stich, C., Shanahan, C., Lambraki, I., Sears, K., Steibelt, E., Roberts, M. & Garcia, J. (2008). Learning through Evidence, Action and Reflection Networks (L.E.A.R.N.): An Innovative Approach to Knowledge Exchange in Tobacco Control within Ontario. Tobacco Control for the 21st Century: Challenges in Research and Evaluation. The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Toronto, Canada. Stich, C., Knäuper, B., Lyons, C. & Dubé, L. (2008). Trying to restrain: Unsuccessful weight regulation is related to paying more attention to food. XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany. Stich, C., Knäuper, B., Lyons, C. & Dubé, L. (2008). Developing a population-health intervention to fight obesity. CPHA 2008 Annual Conference, Halifax, Canada.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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