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Course Fee: $1975 (Regular); $975 (Student - Masters or PhD). Please note there will be NO refunds issued once you register. For questions about course content or delivery, please contact Julia Chehaiber, 613-737-8899 ext.75142 or For any other questions, please contact Lisa McGovern at 613-737-8899 ext.73833 or

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Changing Practice to Improve Healthcare Delivery: Making the Most of Cognitive and Behaviour Change Theories

The Centre for Implementation Research (CIR) focuses on developing and applying Implementation Science in health-care settings to improve healthcare and health. CIR's world-renowned experts harness and develop contemporary approaches to develop and evaluate multilevel practice-changing research targeting health-care systems, health-care providers, patients and the general public. This CIR-led course will enable you to:

  • Explore the role that theories, models and frameworks play in knowledge translation and implementation science
  • Learn how theories and concepts from social, health and cognitive psychology may inform implementation science and practice
  • Consider contemporary qualitative and quantitative methods for applying theory to implementation science and practice

Who is this course for? Researchers and professionals interested in drawing upon cognitive and behaviour change theories to promote changing practice to improve healthcare delivery (no prior experience required).

Date and Location: Nov 18 - Nov 20, 2019 at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa ON K1Y 4E9 

Format: Three consecutive full day sessions (8:30 am-4:15 pm) involving interactive lectures, delegate-led presentations, small group work, case studies and 1-1 faculty meetings. Core reading to be completed prior to the course.

Overview of Topics Covered:

  • Overview of KT, Implementation Science and the Knowledge to Action Framework
  • Social cognition models, stage theories, and post-intentional processes
  • Theoretical Domains Framework, Behaviour Change Wheel, Behaviour Change Techniques
  • Heuristics and biases
  • Dual processing
  • Cognitive styles and dispositions
  • Audit and Feedback
  • KT and implementation intervention development and evaluation
  • Theory-based barriers and facilitators assessment
  • Theory-based process evaluation (mechanisms of change, fidelity)
  • 1-1 meetings with faculty at end of each day