Tuesday, May 28 • 10:00 - 11:30
Key lessons learned during the application of the realist approach: An example of a realist review and evaluation of violence prevention education in British Columbia healthcare

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Systematic reviews assessing the effectiveness of violence prevention education for healthcare workers have largely been inconclusive. This research aims to fill that gap through a realist review and evaluation. By investigating "what works, for whom, in what circumstances, over what duration, and why?" we explore the 'black box' of the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum provided to frontline staff in emergency departments in three British Columbia Health Authorities, which aims to reduce violence towards healthcare workers from patients and visitors. The realist process of generating and testing context-mechanism-outcome configurations has lead to valuable new understandings of program effectiveness but it has not been without controversy. In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges in employing this methodology across a multi-site, multi-stakeholder healthcare setting. We will share the lessons learned during our journey, offer practical ideas and demonstrate the value of employing a realist lens to evaluations in real-world settings.


Sharon Provost

University of British Columbia
After a 32-year career in healthcare, Sharon left a leadership position to pursue a PhD investigating emotional health issues in the healthcare workplace. Her goal is to conduct meaningful research that models partnerships between academia and the public sector, and provide practical... Read More →
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Michelle Naimi

University of British Columbia
Michelle is a researcher with the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She has also worked as an external evaluator on health-related programs across BC as well as a senior researcher with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Michelle holds... Read More →

Tuesday May 28, 2019 10:00 - 11:30
Bedford Room - Conference Level

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