Best Practice Day 2005
Welcome to the post-conference web page of Best Practices Day 2005. This web page is designed to further promote the Best Practices Day objectives of knowledge transfer and dissemination. On this page you will find the presentations of some of the speakers. A special thank you to presenters for their permission to share their presentations here.
Overview of Best Practices Day 2005
Favourites and Feedback:
- Most innovative and useful practices
- People's Choice Awards
- Delegates reflections on the program
Overview of Best Practices Day 2005
The fifth annual GTA Rehab Network Best Practices Day — Partners for Sustainability and Success ~ Rehabilitation: A Client and Family Affair — was held on February 23, 2005 at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley in Toronto, Ontario.
With over 240 clinical, research and policy management professionals in attendance from across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, it was a wonderful, successful day of information sharing, community building and learning.
Plenary sessions began with opening remarks by Ms. Tina Smith, Chair of the GTA Rehab Network, and included a keynote address by Dr. Tony Culyer, internationally renowned health economist; Mr. Terry Evanshen, a CFL football legend and former rehabilitation patient, and a panel which included family member and author Mr. Patrick Conlon, and former rehabilitation patients Mr. Jim O'Neill and Ms. Leslie Bolt.
Best Practices Day 2005 featured 15 outstanding podium presentations selected (using a blind-review process) from over 80 abstract submissions. The second annual People's Choice Award poster competition was held to recognize the best posters in the areas of research, innovation and knowledge transfer, as chosen by registrants of the conference. While only three posters could win a People's Choice Award, we would like to thank all poster submitters for helping to stimulate some great discussion.
Best Practices Day continues to be an opportunity for researchers, clinicians and policy and management professionals to meet and discuss issues that cross the traditional clinical practice/research boundary. With its 42 member organizations, the GTA Rehab Network is striving to be a potent catalyst for consensus-building, collaboration, coordination and communication in rehabilitation services, to the benefit of patients and providers.
Many of the presentations made at Best Practices Day 2005 are available below for personal use only. No other use of the presentations is authorized without the explicit consent of the authors.
Keynote Address -- “Who are the clients and how may they be best involved in decision-making? Some reflections on 'rationing' in the National Health Service in England and Wales”
Keynote speaker was Dr. Tony Culyer, internationally renowned health economist and visiting scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. PDF [803 KB]
|"Be it Resolved that Rehab Should be Client Driven" (Debate Position) -- Catriona Steele (for) /Michel Landry (against) (not available)
||"Weighing the Evidence: Clinical Decision Making in Neurological Physical Therapy" -- Mandy McGlynn PDF [53 KB]
||"Rehabilitation for Whiplash Injury: Does it Promote Faster Recovery?" -- Pierre Côté (not available)
|"Developing National Certification Standards for Rehab Nursing" -- Lori Adler PDF [324 KB]
||"Memory Intervention for Mild Cognitive Impairment" -- Angela Troyer PDF [23 KB]
||"Age and the Benefits of Participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation" -- Paul Oh
|"Rehab Finder: Web-Based Innovation for the 21st Century" -- Mark Mason PDF [1278 KB]
||"Strategies to Improve Stroke Rehabilitation at Home" -- Teresa Chiu (not available)
||"Workplace-Based Return-to-Work Interventions: A Systematic Review of the Quantitative and Qualitative Literature" -- Renee-Louise Franche (not available)
Plenary Session-- "Seize the Day - The Man Who Lost Himself"
Terry Evanshen, CFL Football Legend.
|"Telephone Peer Support Group Program for Women with Spinal Cord Injuries Living Rurally in Ontario" -- Wendy Pentland PDF [1672 KB]
||"Building Bridges: Transitional Care for the Pre-Rehab Orthopedic/Amputee Patient" -- Wendy Abbas PDF [484 KB]
||"Parents' and Occupational Therapists' Perspectives of School Based Consultation in Ontario" -- Cornelia Brack PDF [44 KB]
|"Addressing ABI Family Caregivers' Own Needs for Support Services" -- Kathryn Boschen PDF [207 KB]
||"Facilitating Positive Program Development in Total Hip Arthroplasty Care: Clients' Perspectives of Occupational Therapy Services" -- Patricia Dickson PDF [2080 KB]
||"Life Skill Based Experience Groups to Facilitate Independence for Kids with Physical Disabilities" -- Briano Di Reeze (not available)
|Plenary Panel Session -- "Rehabilitation: A Client and Family Affair"
Panelists included Patrick Conlon, Jim O'Neill and Leslie Bolt. (not available)
* first author listed only
Some presentations may not be available on this web page because of concerns over copyright or publication-agreement violations. If you have any questions about any of the presentations, please contact the presenters directly.
Favourites and Feedback
Most Innovative and Useful Practices
In evaluating Best Practices Day 2005, delegates were asked to name the three most innovative or useful practices/initiatives learned at the conference. With 40 posters and 15 podium presentations to choose from, there was a large range of responses to this question. In fact, nearly all the podium presentations were cited at least once in delegates' responses to this question.
Presentation most frequently cited as innovative or useful:
"Building Bridges: Transitional Care for the Pre-Rehab Patient" ~ Wendy Abbas
“Memory Intervention for Mild Cognitive Impairment” ~ Angela Troyer
“Age and the Benefits of Participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation” ~ Paul Oh
“Rehab Finder: Web-Based Inovation for the 21st Century” ~ Mark Mason
People’s Choice Awards for Best Poster Displays
Best Practices Day 2005 marked the second annual People's Choice Awards. Delegates were asked to review posters in three categories: research; best practices and innovations; and knowledge transfer/exchange. Suggested criteria included originality and innovativeness; relevance to previous work; building on and relevance to body of knowledge; clarity and presentation; quality and logical progess of argument; and theoretical and practical implications. Posters with the most votes in each category were the winners.
(most votes received of 70 votes cast in this category)
(most votes received of 92 votes cast in this category)
(most votes received of 44 votes cast in this category)
|"Living Rehabilitation Nursing: A New Specialty in Canada" -- Karima Velji, Toronto Rehab
||"Examining the relationship between evidence based stroke outcome measures and rehabilitation destination in the GTA" -- Nicola Tahair, SCRIPT Project
||"Critical appraisal of the use of blue dye in speech language pathology practices" -- Joanne Grey, Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre
|Delegates Reflections on the Program
|“Excellent topics and varied types of presentations, debate - great approach, panel - patients excellent feedback, seize the moment address - highly inspirational”
||“good mix of clinical and more global issues - thank you”
||“I enjoyed the interdisciplinary aspect and the day”
|“execllent, debate was not really a debate as issues and situations presented were different but good food for thought”
||“Variety was good - pro/con talks good, personal touch - Mr. Evanshen's talk was excellent and inspiring”
||“Great to have Jim, Leslie, Patrick and Terry talk to us”
|“very good, appropriate, helpful”
||“excellent, all were very interesting”
||“choices superb ”
The GTA Rehab Network gratefully acknowledges the following organizations, whose sponsorship helped to make the conference possible:
- Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
- Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
- Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
- Toronto Rehab
- MED e-care
- Multi-Languages Corporation
- Orthopaedic and Arthritic Site of Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre
Planning Task Group
The GTA Rehab Network gratefully acknowledges members of the Best Practices Day 2005 Planning Task Group:
Dr. Gaetan Tardif, Director, Division of Physiatry, University of Toronto (task group chair)
Ms. Susan Bisaillon, Trillium Health Centre
Ms. Jane Brenneman Gibson, Institute for Work & Health
Ms. Marie DiSotto-Monastero, St. John's Rehab Hospital
Ms. Mary Fox, Collaborative Research Program in Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care
Dr. Gary Gerber, West Park Healthcare Centre
Ms. Anne Hartford, Orthopaedic & Arthritic site of Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre
Ms. Charissa Levy, GTA Rehab Network (on leave)
Dr. Helene Polatajko, University of Toronto (on leave)
Ms. Tina Saryeddine, GTA Rehab Network
Ms. Larissa Wisniewski, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
Special thanks to The Bayley Group, DotCom-Your-Event and Mr. Robert Jessop.