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Open Access Promoting Health Equity Research: Insights From a Canadian Initiative La promotion de la recherche sur l'équité en matière de santé : observations issues d'une initiative canadienne

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In 2002 the Canadian Institutes of Health Research launched a national initiative to promote health equity research reflecting the World Health Organization imperative of investment in health equity research. Funded researchers and teams have investigated health disparities faced by vulnerable populations, analyzed interactions of health determinants, and tested innovative interventions. Strategies for building research capacity have supported students, postdoctoral fellows, new investigators, and interdisciplinary research teams. Partnerships have been created with 10 national and 7 international organizations. Strategies used to secure and sustain this research initiative could be adapted to other contexts. Nurse scholars led the launch and have sustained the legacy of this national research initiative. Moreover, nurse researchers and research trainees, supported by the initiative, have contributed to the expansion and translation of the health equity knowledge base.

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En 2002, les Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada ont lancé une initiative pancanadienne visant à promouvoir la recherche sur l'équité en matière de santé, conformément à une recommandation émise par l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé soulignant l'importance d'investir dans ce domaine. Les chercheurs et les équipes bénéficiant d'un financement se sont penchés sur les disparités touchant les populations vulnérables en matière de santé. Ils ont également analysé les interactions entre les déterminants de la santé et ont mis à l'épreuve des interventions novatrices. Des stratégies destinées à accroître la capacité de recherche ont appuyé les efforts des étudiants, des boursiers de recherches post-doctorales, des nouveaux chercheurs et des équipes de recherche interdisciplinaire. Des partenariats ont été créés avec dix organisations nationales et sept organisations internationales. Les stratégies utilisées pour consolider et soutenir cette initiative de recherche pourraient être adaptées à d'autres contextes. Les chercheurs en sciences infirmières ont assuré le lancement et maintenu l'héritage qu'a laissé cette initiative de recherche pancanadienne. De plus, les chercheurs et les stagiaires de recherche en sciences infirmières qui ont bénéficié de l'initiative ont contribué à l'expansion et à l'application de la base de connaissances sur l'équité en matière de santé.

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Keywords: DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH; HEALTH DISPARITIES; POPULATION HEALTH; VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Publication date: 2014-03-01

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