The Ontario CLRI collaborates with researchers to share their research findings and implement the evidence into practice in long-term care (LTC). The Ontario CLRI has learned the importance of collaborating with a variety of partners during this process and has published these learnings in a new article in Public Policy & Aging Report.
The article is authored by Stacey Guy and Shilpi Majumder, who support knowledge mobilization at the Ontario CLRI. It features the Ontario CLRI’s Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) project as an example. The NiD research showed that including nutrient-dense recipes on menus in LTC homes improves resident health outcomes. Ontario CLRI Knowledge Brokers sought insight from dietitians, menu planners and chefs to understand how menus are planned and recipes selected. Collaborations with chefs, culinary and nutrition students, LTC homes, and food distributors led to the development, testing, revision, and adoption of new nutrient-dense recipes for LTC home menus.
Key learnings from this work included the importance of building on existing relationships and creating new ones with additional collaborators. Recognizing the costs and benefits for all partners of implementing research evidence into practice was also important.
Click here to access the full article, Fulfilling the Potential of Evidence-Based Research: The
Collaborative Nature of Implementation, in Public Policy & Aging Report.
The Nutrition in Disguise resources are made available through the Ontario CLRI at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). These resources are based on research completed by the RIA, the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, in partnership with Schlegel Villages. This research was made possible with the generosity of George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.