Another branch that will be useful for Can-SOLVE CKD members as they implement their research findings is the Knowledge Translation Principles branch. This module involves teachings to help research teams translate their findings into clinical practice. Along with a KT toolkit that is freely accessible online, a series of webinars and meetings (through the KT Community of Practice) is available to support teams in implementing their research.
Getchell also notes that the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj learning pathway, another branch of the Learning Tree, has been a particularly useful tool in guiding non-Indigenous people to engage respectfully with Indigenous people and communities. This is a continuous learning process that members can carry on during Phase 2, Getchell notes.
With the five learning branches now complete, Getchell wants to take these teachings and share them broadly across Canada’s patient-oriented research community.
“I think [the Learning Tree] has absolutely changed the way that research is done [within Can-SOLVE CKD],” says Getchell. “I think the challenge now, which is the goal of Phase 2 [of the network], is to bring this way of doing research to the rest of the Canadian research community.”
This year, Can-SOLVE CKD published an article in the Canadian Journal of Kidney Disease and Health highlighting the five learning modules. The modules have also been presented at national and international conferences and promoted through various online platforms online (e.g., social media, webinars).
Getchell says Can-SOLVE CKD will continue to explore ways of bringing the Learning Tree to the broader kidney research community in Canada. “The best is yet to come,” she says. “The more we can engage patient partners and researchers, the better.”