|Broad components||Specific details|
|Context||Acute care hospital (The Ottawa Hospital) TQH|
|Problem||Overcrowding in the emergency room|
|Knowledge users||Senior hospital management|
|Question of interest||What is the safety and effectiveness of short stay units in the emergency department?|
|Evidence summary process||
• The principal knowledge user was integrally involved in Steps 1 through 3 (Needs assessment; Question development and refinement; Proposal development and approval)|
• A clinical expert provided key conceptual feedback during Steps 1 and 2 and contributed to the writing of the proposal (Step 3)
• The information scientist developed and executed the search strategy (Step 4)
• The clinical expert also served as the reviewer for Step 5, along with the research coordinator
• Steps 6-7 were completed by the research coordinator; the final report was edited and approved by the principal knowledge user and clinical experta
• The principal knowledge user distributed the evidence summary (Figure 1) to TOH senior hospital management and the wider clinical team; follow-up with knowledge users (Step 8) is ongoing.
• Positive response to the evidence summary among both the clinical and senior management teams; the evidence summary is being used to inform discussions considering the implementation of a short stay unit|
• Development of a positive collaborative relationship between the research team and knowledge users has led to the decision to pursue a collaborative knowledge synthesis opportunity on this topic.