JBI Centre of Excellence

Dalhousie School of Nursing joins Joanna Briggs Collaboration

Newest collaborating center will assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes

Wednesday October 5, 2016 (Halifax, NS) Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing and the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) are delighted to announce their formal partnership aimed at improving the production of high-quality evidence and its use in decision-making globally.

Through this agreement, the School of Nursing’s Aligning Health Needs and Evidence for Transformative Change, Centre of Excelllence joins the international Joanna Briggs Collaboration. The Collaboration is comprised of over 70 collaborating entities from around the world that collaborate to promote and support the synthesis, transfer and utilization of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally.

“Dalhousie is proud to partner with the Joanna Briggs Institute and become one of three centres of excellence in Canada,” says Richard Florizone, Dalhousie University President. “This collaboration provides a unique opportunity for faculty and students in our School of Nursing and Health Faculties to work with colleagues from around the world and improve healthcare outcomes locally and globally.”

Using the JBI methodology, the School of Nursing will offer research synthesis and translation services to the health service sector and build capacity in the conduct of systematic reviews.

“The entry of Dalhousie University in to the Joanna Briggs Collaboration is changing the evidence-based healthcare landscape in Canada,” says Craig Lockwood, Acting Executive Director of the Joanna Briggs Institute. “This partnership will enhance the vision to see evidence informing healthcare decision making globally, and further enhances Canada’s reputation as a global leader in best practice and the conduct of rigorous systematic reviews of relevance to healthcare practice.”

“Adding Knowledge Transfer to the Dalhousie program of systematic reviews using JBI methodology will greatly enhance stakeholder engagement and partnership for best practice. We in JBI are really excited Dalhousie has joined the collaboration and, in true JBI fashion, we welcome them to a strong, growing and innovative community for the synthesis transfer and implementation of evidence in to policy and practice.”

“Through our affiliation with JBI, we will be able to make a significant contribution to health sector transformation,” says Dr. Marilyn Macdonald, Professor and Associate Director Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing. “Our JBI-trained faculty and graduate students will contribute to improved global health outcomes through the provision of health research evidence.”

The three year partnership between JBI and Dalhousie was effective as of August 3rd 2016 and is the first step in becoming a JBI Centre of Excellence.

About The Joanna Briggs Institute

Established in 1996, The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is an international research centre based within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. JBI is the acknowledged leader in translational research in clinical care and therapeutics, including: methodology and conduct of systematic reviews, evidence summaries and the tools and resources needed to embed these into health processes. The Institute collaborates internationally with over 70 entities around the world. The Institute and its collaborating entities promote and support the synthesis, transfer and implementation of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally. For more information about the Joanna Briggs Institute, please visit http://joannabriggs.org/index.html

About Dalhousie’s Faculty of Health Professions

As Canada’s largest and most diverse faculty of health professions, we study health in all its facets. The leading health educator in eastern Canada, the Faculty’s 35+ health care and social services programs service students at both entry and professional levels. Comprised of 10 diverse units, the Faculty offers undergraduate, masters, doctoral, diploma, certificate and professional programs. The Faculty has a particular focus on interprofessional education which is supported by the new, state-of-the-art Collaborative Health Education Building. The Faculty is also a leader in health and wellness research with numerous internationally recognized faculty members and affiliated research institutes.