Network Platforms & Working Groups

Knowledge Translation

For clinical research to succeed, research findings have to be acted upon by health care providers and their patients. Attaining this goal is predicated on the involvement of multiple stakeholders, spanning researchers to frontline clinicians and policy makers to individual patients. An important priority of the CanVECTOR Network is to rapidly translate the research knowledge obtained to researchers, health care professionals, guideline writing committees, decision makers and patients, potentially leading to changes in hospital and community based practice and policy.

Selecting and disseminating targeted, high-quality evidence in the clinical domain of VTE and its anticoagulant management in the appropriate format, with participation of all stakeholders, is the overarching objective of our knowledge translation platform. This platform will seek to identify new, workable, effective strategies to extend the reach of our knowledge translation activities.

The Team

Platform Co-Leads

Alfonso Iorio (Hamilton, ON)
Lori-Ann Linkins (Hamilton, ON)

Working Group

Kerstin de Wit (Kingston, ON)
William Geerts (Toronto, ON)
Lisa Duffett (Ottawa, ON)
Amin Zahrai (Ottawa, ON)
Alison Fairclough (Toronto, ON)
Dawn Jedras (Hamilton, ON)
Norma Brown (Hamilton, ON)
Carol West (Chelsea, QC)

The Projects

The Knowledge Integration System and Service (KISS)

We created and maintain an online, publicly accessible Knowledge Integration System and Service (KISS) that disseminates up-to-date, high quality evidence in VTE/anticoagulation. The dissemination of the knowledge emerging from the CanVECTOR network activities is tailored according to the end-user (for example, a health care provider versus a patient).

The CLOT+ repository is the main deliverable of this project. CLOT+ provides a continuously updated collection of high quality and highly relevant clinical research papers, and provides subscribers with both alerts of articles at the time of their publication, and a cumulative, searchable database. 

Available on CLOT+ are the evidence summaries. An evidence summary is a concise summary of an identified important article in thrombosis research, written for frontline physicians or in plain language for the patient and family audience.  As of June 2023, we have published 56 evidence summaries. You can find these on CLOT+ and on our website, under Publications. Some evidence summaries will soon be available in French. 

In November 2021, CLOT+ launched a new feature! If you are interested in seeing the breadth of our membership's publications since CanVECTOR was founded, check out the Membership Publications page. Articles of interest that have been published since 2016 can be found by individual member name.

If you are interested in receiving alerts from CLOT+, critiquing articles, recommending articles to become evidence summaries and more, register for CLOT+! Registering for CLOT+ is completely free and open to the public (Register here).