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Open Access Partnerships in Public Health: Lessons From Knowledge Translation and Program Planning Partenariats en santé publique : leçons à tirer du transfert de connaissances et de la planification de programme

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The purpose of this study was to better understand how partnerships are initiated, maintained, and sustained in public health practice. A qualitative design was employed to conduct individual interviews and focus groups. The participants included practitioners from 6 purposively selected public health units in the Canadian province of Ontario that developed partnerships in program planning. It was found that partnerships play an essential role in program planning but that minimal information is available regarding the partnership process. Most partnerships are formed on an ad hoc basis, with little formalization. Public health professionals rely on their experiential knowledge when seeking out and working with partners. These findings can serve to inform future public health planning and strengthen the formation and maintenance of partnerships in public health and other sectors. Understanding how partnerships are initiated, maintained, and sustained is an important first step in supporting the use of research to advance collaborative public health efforts.

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Cette étude qualitative visait à comprendre comment s'établissent et s'entretiennent les partenariats dans le domaine de la santé publique. On a mené des entrevues individuelles et des groupes de réflexion. Les participants sont des inter venants actifs au sein de six unités de santé publique de la province canadienne de l'Ontario, choisies à dessein, qui ont établi des collaborations en matière de planification de programme. On a constaté que ces partenariats jouent un rôle essentiel, mais qu'il existe très peu de documentation sur le processus comme tel. La plupart sont établis de façon ponctuelle, sans qu'on cherche à officialiser la démarche. Lorsqu'ils veulent s'associer des partenaires, les professionnels de la santé publique se fient à leurs connaissances expérientielles. Ces conclusions pourraient éclairer la planification en matière de santé publique et renforcer la création et la poursuite de partenariats en ce domaine et dans d'autres sphères. Le fait d'avoir analysé, dans un premier temps, la façon dont les partenariats se créent et s'entretiennent fait ressortir l'utilité de la recherche comme moyen de faire progresser les efforts de collaboration dans le domaine de la santé publique.

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Keywords: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH METHODS; DECISION MAKING; NURSE RELATIONSHIPS/PROFESSIONAL ISSUES; NURSING ROLES; PUBLIC HEALTH; RESEARCH UTILIZATION/ EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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