Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in               Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD): ‘Advancing bipolar ...
Introduction• Multidisciplinary network of researchers, health care providers and community  members researching and excha...
CREST.BD Network StructureListening Members: Community ConsultationGroup, online and social media communityCollaborators &...
Mixed Methods               Qualitative            QuantitativeKnowledge Translation                                      ...
Results             Development of four pillars of research                       Quality                                 ...
Results Cont’d   Focus on knowledge translation (KT) strategies to swiftly and      effectively disseminate research findi...
ConclusionCREST.BD Model has potential to pay dividends in improving the           quality & effectiveness of BD research:...
Acknowledgment:   CREST.BD’s work is made possible by a 3-year Network Catalyst –Knowledge Translation grant provided by C...
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Overview of CREST.BD: A Pan-Canadian Research & Knowlegde Exchange Network

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Learn more about CREST.BD: a unique, multi-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange network. The presentation highlights the CREST.BD Network's community-based participatory approach to research, inter-disciplinary structure, research foci and knowledge exchange activities. The slideshow was originally presented in a poster session during the 2012 International Review of Bipolar Disorders in Nice, France. For more information visit: www.crestbd.ca.

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Overview of CREST.BD: A Pan-Canadian Research & Knowlegde Exchange Network

  1. 1. Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD): ‘Advancing bipolar disorders research via collaborative knowledge translation’
  2. 2. Introduction• Multidisciplinary network of researchers, health care providers and community members researching and exchanging knowledge about psychological and social factors in BD• Aim of enhancing the wellness of people living with the condition• Create and test innovative ways of exchanging knowledge and expertise• People with lived experience of BD, their health care providers and families are actively engaged in the cycle of research and knowledge exchange
  3. 3. CREST.BD Network StructureListening Members: Community ConsultationGroup, online and social media communityCollaborators & Partners : Clinician & advocacyorganizations, formalized Project Advisory GroupCore Team Members: (Peer) Researchers &healthcare providers, core staff
  4. 4. Mixed Methods Qualitative QuantitativeKnowledge Translation Methods •Membership: academic researchers, people with lived-experience, family members, health care providers •Multidisciplinary: psychology, psychiatry, criminology, nursing, gerontology, genetic counselling •Expertise: wide range of BD specialisation •Focus: integrated knowledge translation (KT) Stigma •Emphasis: community-based participatoryPsychosocialTreatment research methods Psychopathology Clinician Researcher Recovery Support Staff
  5. 5. Results Development of four pillars of research Quality Psycho- Wellness of Stigma social Life Treatments Advancing CBT & PE, research into BD Advancing quality Advancing BD CPDself-management of life assessment stigma research courses, family- strategies & in research, daily & treatment focused dissemination life & clinical care interventions therapies, geneti tools c counselling
  6. 6. Results Cont’d Focus on knowledge translation (KT) strategies to swiftly and effectively disseminate research findings in core pillars Knowledge Develop ‘researchTheatrical performance dissemination & snapshots’ – general (live show & DVD engagement via audience summaries of events) targeting website, social media & research grants & stigma video share sites publications
  7. 7. ConclusionCREST.BD Model has potential to pay dividends in improving the quality & effectiveness of BD research:• Allows for development of research hypotheses that are of high relevance to those affected by BD• Improves research recruitment and retention, and quality of data• Increases relevance and pragmatism of new treatment interventions• Empowers patients & reduce BD-related stigma
  8. 8. Acknowledgment: CREST.BD’s work is made possible by a 3-year Network Catalyst –Knowledge Translation grant provided by Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Canada’s federal funding agency.

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