The coordinators will be identifying homes that may be interested in participating in this initiative, as well as promoting the importance of evidence-based practice among homes that are not aware of the guidelines or how they may be used.
Specific activities of coordinators may include:
- Conducting a brief survey to gain a provincial perspective on the uptake of best practices in the LTC sector;
- Seeking, creating and coordinating opportunities for promotion and use of evidence-based best practices in the LTC sector;
- Establishing regional networking forums such as communities of practice to support uptake of BPGs;
- Providing access to best practice resources and supporting implementation;
- Developing and mentoring individuals in LTC homes who will promote and support knowledge transfer within their region;
- Providing ongoing consultation with RAI-MDS and non-RAI-MDS LTC homes in order to develop a common approach to implementation;
- Linking and integrating the BPG initiative with RAI-MDS and with other performance improvement initiatives;
- Networking with other LTC best practice coordinators, regional champions and individuals endowed with an Advanced Clinical/Practice Fellowships to ensure sharing of lessons learned in implementation and best practices; and
- Supporting a coordinated program of research within the sector with a focus on measuring impact of best practices on residents, staff and the organization through a program of evaluative research.