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It all started when…

A need for paediatric practice guidelines in the Canadian context was identified by healthcare leaders from CAPHC member organizations.

In October 2011 CAPHC established a Paediatric Practice Guidelines Collaborative whose goal was to identify priority areas for paediatric guideline development and a mechanism to develop the guidelines. Through a yearlong series of consensus building focus groups, surveys and face to face meetings, four priority areas were identified. It was agreed that guideline development was to be conducted through a national Community of Practice (CoP).

What is a Community of Practice?

A CoP represents a group of professionals, informally bound to one another through exposure to a common class of challenges and common pursuit of solutions. There is a focus on nurturing new knowledge, stimulating innovation, sharing knowledge and quality improvement. Communities of Practice have three main elements: domain (common concern); community (the people who care about the domain) practice (engagement in an activity related to the domain).

Many articles and studies have been published about the use of CoPs in healthcare and there are solid examples of success in improved practices and outcomes in clinical areas. Working collectively on a common issue allows for shared resources, material, time and expertise. When individuals and organizations are willing to share and listen meetings are very productive, and decisions are more easily made. We observe a strong culture of sharing and learning within the paediatric healthcare community.

CAPHC Community members are administrators, executives, directors/managers, physicians, nurses, allied health, family, youth, and researchers from the continuum of care.

January 2013 Communities of Practice were established for:

  • Transition from Paediatric to Adult Health Care

  • Sepsis

  • Management of children and youth with medical complexity through the continuum of care

  • Pain

The goal for each of these CoPs was a national standard of care in their respective areas. Standards were achieved in different ways; development of a guideline with recommendations, and/or the development of standardized methods and tools based on best evidence and experience.

Important links

Guideline for Transition from Paediatric to Adult Healthcare: A national approach

Guideline for the Management of Children and Youth with Medical Complexity through the Continuum of Care

Pain Toolkits

Paediatric Sepsis Screening Tool for use in the Emergency Department

These CoPs were generously supported by the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

CAPHC’s newest Communities of Practice

The Child and Youth Mental Health and Transitions Across the Continuum of Care CoPs are meeting monthly to share and learn from one another. We welcome presentations from different projects and initiatives, areas of research, new and established programs. These web meetings stimulate national conversations and lead to opportunities to meet and collaborate with colleagues from across the country.

Some of the things we do:

  • Identify and share leading practices of integration/coordination of care

  • Look for collaboration points within the child an youth health service community and with external stakeholders and partners

  • Identify data sources and gaps

To learn more or get involved contact Lisa Stromquist lstromquist@caphc.org or visit the Communities section on the Knowledge Exchange Network


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