Announcement issued by the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and Health Quality Ontario

Announcing a New ARTIC Program Call for Proposals

 The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and Health Quality Ontario join forces to advance Ontario’s evidence implementation pathway

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) and Health Quality Ontario (HQO) are thrilled to team-up to extend CAHO’s existing Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program beyond research hospitals into a cross-sectoral provincial resource. Together, and with the help of the entire health system, our goal is to support and accelerate the spread and adoption of research evidence to clinical practice.

Did you know in some cases it can take as many as 17 years (a generation!) to transition evidence-based research into practice? And of practices that do get adopted, all too often they are successfully implemented in just one organization. The knowledge gained is not usually spread to others because the resources, funding and time investment just aren’t readily available.

The ARTIC program is designed to support, enhance, and accelerate the application of research evidence by strengthening channels for change and addressing barriers. In some cases it can shave off as many as 15 years from the process, turning research into action, and action into quality improvement.  

 “Too often, we have found pathways to improve care and drive quality improvement in the health care system, but that knowledge never leaves the organization that created it,” said Karen Michell, Executive Director of CAHO. “Through the ARTIC Program, CAHO has created a proven model of success for building a systematic and sustainable implementation pathway for evidence adoption.  The learnings we have acquired from this experience can be applied in health care sectors across the province and we are pleased to work with HQO to extend the reach of the Program.”

 With the new CAHO / HQO partnership, the goal of ARTIC remains the same. Working together will only strengthen the effort, extending ARTIC’s reach and ensuring it is done in an integrated way, across all sectors, and supports the overall provincial quality agenda in Ontario.  

The program is seeking proposals with the objective of spreading research evidence that has been proven and tested in at least one site (or group of organizations) and is ready to be applied across multiple organizations and/or sectors within Ontario.

ntegration of care is the theme for this current call for proposals. Projects are sought that present an intervention that addresses coordination, continuity and access to health care services.  You can find the 2014 Applicant Information package at www.hqontario.ca or at www.caho-hospitals.com.  Letters of intent are due by November 24 to artic@hqontario.ca.

We actively encourage our community to participate in this new round of proposals.  Together, we can demonstrate the capacity to use a proven model for research evidence implementation to improve the quality of care across sectors, across the province.

 “It’s an exciting time for ARTIC and for the quality of health care in Ontario,” says Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO of HQO. “I’m thrilled about our new partnership and am looking forward to seeing the proposals for projects that come in this year.”