14 April 2016
Dissemination plan, website and event for TRAM-S
On 16th March, the website and results of the TRAM-S project (TRAnsfer of results of Medical research to decision-making in the Sanitary field) were presented. The project main outcomes consisted on building an online tool to assess clinical practice guidelines (CPG) quality and, at the same time, to offer dissemination strategies adapted to both the obtained results and the different audiences targeted.
Held at the Catalan Agency for Health Assessment and Quality (AQuAS) headquarters, the event counted with the presence of the Health Minister of the Catalan Government, Antoni Comín; the AQuAS director, Antoni Dedeu; and the Biocat director, Albert Barberà. Needless to say, the TRAM-S team was also there. Funded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, the project was born within the Laboratory of Translational Medicine and Decision Sciences (University of Girona) and coordinated, later on, by the Open University of Catalonia.
The multiple assignments we conducted for TRAM-S–dissemination plan, website and outcomes’ presentation event–has allowed us to be familiar with translational medicine, which focuses on reducing the gap between health research and clinical practice. In this sense, CPGs are one of the most used tools, but sometimes it takes more than a decade for a measure or recommendation to be implemented. For this reason, the search for solutions from a communication perspective has been pursued in the frame of the project.
Both the online assessment tool and the associated CPG dissemination plan have been developed as a product of the research conducted within the project by a multidisciplinary team of health researchers, sociologists and health professionals, together with UbiK media’s know how on science communication. For us, it has been a pleasure to work together with all of them, and to contribute with the expertise in communication that the project needed in its different stages.