From Clinical Trials to Picture Books: The Creative Challenge of Translating Research
Featured in the University of Alberta Quad, our previous Stakeholder Engagement and Research Coordinator Michelle Chan wrote about our research and resources for parents.
If you have, or have ever taken care of, a young child, you might have experienced an unsettling panic when they start to exhibit symptoms of being unwell. Is that cough normal? Is it a cold? Is it croup? And what do you do about it?
Instead of scrolling through websites with complex and confusing information, you could instead look through a simple and engaging infographic about common children’s conditions. Two research programs at the University of Alberta — Translating Evidence in Child Health to Enhance Outcomes (ECHO Research) and Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) — are working together with Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) to help caregivers identify and manage symptoms, and improve health outcomes for children, by creating arts-based resources like picture ebooks, animated videos, and infographics.
The ECHO research program is focused on improving health outcomes for children with acute health conditions through the application of the best available evidence — a process known as knowledge translation (KT).