Delivering clinical services over the internet is both innovative and inevitable, and signal paradigm shifts within the Canadian health care system, under broader e-Health strategies. In BC, Get Checked Online - an internet-based testing program for sexually transmitted infections – has just launched, which provides a patient-centered, convenient and confidential approach to reduce barriers to testing. While proof-of-concept projects in other jurisdictions have demonstrated that these testing approaches have merit, the evidence to warrant widespread adoption does not yet exist – a “catch 22” that mandates research be integrated at all stages of development, implementation and scale-up of this intervention.
This presentation will describe our ongoing program of research to inform the development and evaluation of Get Checked Online, which is fundamentally based on an integrated knowledge translation approach between program leaders and researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia, working with key community, public health, and laboratory partners at local, provincial and national levels.
Mark Gilbert, MD
Online Sexual Health Services, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Jean Shoveller, PhD
School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
✓ For researchers and policy-makers involved with e-health or sexual health services, to learn about the BC experience with developing an internet-based testing program;
✓ To hear about the outcomes of integrating research with program development in terms of optimal service design and delivery (i.e., what IKT looks like in action); and
✓ To consider how a combination of research approaches can be leveraged to broadly assess health system impacts of online interventions at multiple levels, from start to finish.
Who Should Attend
Health system decision makers, policy makers, health care professionals, researchers, trainees and other stakeholders with an interest in this area.
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