Knowledge Translation and Optimizing Care Models

Pharmacist with clientAfter eight wonderful years, the Knowledge Translation and Optimizing Care Models Program and the Diabetes Pharmacists Network, will be ending as of December 31, 2020. We are tremendously proud of the work we have done and the support of our community members. We encourage you to take a moment to read this article, which looks back on the many successes we have had.

Program Leader: Dr. Lori MacCallum

The mandate of this program is to ensure that scientific knowledge of what we know constitutes best practice is implemented to improve the lives of people with diabetes.  Our primary focus has been to examine diabetes care gaps that could best be addressed by pharmacists and develop programs that support and empower pharmacists in the care of people with diabetes through networking, education and knowledge translation initiatives.  More recently, we have expanded the dissemination of our products to include family physicians, nurses, dietitians and other health care providers on the diabetes care team.

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Knowledge Translation

Our goal is to develop knowledge translation tools that support health care providers in the care of people with diabetes.  With the overwhelming amount of new information published daily, we aim to determine the relevant questions, review the evidence, distill it down and present it in a manner that is easy to use. We bring together clinicians, patients, filmmakers, designers and computer programmers to build innovative products.  Highlights include:

Community of Practice

To bring together pharmacists interested in the care of people with diabetes, we established the first Canadian Diabetes Pharmacists Network in September 2014. The Network is open to all pharmacists and pharmacy students interested in learning about diabetes management with the goal of improving care.  The growing network currently has over 1400 members, representing all parts of Canada.  Members participate in online learning modules, attend events at conferences, and participate in research.

Stakeholder Engagement

To continue to raise awareness of the role of pharmacists in diabetes care, we regularly participate on advisory committees for both diabetes and pharmacy organizations including Diabetes Canada, Diabetes Action Canada, Health Quality Ontario, the Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network and the Ontario College of Pharmacists.


We offer rotations in knowledge translation as part of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.

In the News


The work of the BBDC Knowledge Translation and Optimizing Care Models program has been made possible by support from:

  • Sun Life Financial
  • AstraZeneca
  • Janssen
  • Merck