Leaders and experts in knowledge translation of health evidence and its application in practice have been consulted in the design of this innovative service. It is essential that the development of evidence-based tools for practice guidance is not biased through the influence of commercial entities that may stand to benefit from the PEN service and its recommendations. As such, DC does not accept corporate sponsorship for the production or updating of practice guidance provided in the knowledge pathway content of PEN. DC does not host or receive funding from advertising or from the display of commercial content on the PEN website. All PEN authors and reviewers are required to complete a Declaration of Affiliations and Interests Form that is kept on file with Dietitians of Canada.
Resources and or tools that have been developed by the corporate sector may be eligible for inclusion in PEN if they are reviewed through an independent peer review process and deemed congruent with the evidence in PEN. However, preference will always be given to tools that have not been developed by corporate interests, should similar tools exist.
Funding for PEN has been provided by professional associations, subscription and licensing revenues, government grants and health authorities. Dietitians of Canada acknowledges the following contributors who have provided valuable input into the design, implementation and evaluation of PEN.
- The Centre for Health Evidence (CHE), affiliated with the University of Alberta, is one of the leaders in Canada and internationally on knowledge translation and evidence-based decision-making.
- A DC Expert Advisory Committee initially guided key decisions on practitioners' needs, topic selection, service promotion. Members of the Advisory Committee included Beth Armour, Janet Chappell, Liz DaSilva, Elaine Eppler, Kristyn Hall, Brenda Hotson and Cathy Seward.
- The DC Networks and countless member volunteers identified practice questions, gathered the evidence, authored and reviewed the content in PEN, ensuring its validity and integrity. Their contributions are acknowledged explicitly in association with each knowledge pathway.
- The British Columbia Ministry of Health Services is acknowledged for funding the partnership between Dietitians of Canada and Dial-A-Dietitian Nutrition Information Society, and BC Cancer Agency for enhancing the development of the Call Centre version of the PEN service.
- The Ontario Ministry of Health Promotions (MHP) is acknowledged for the development and piloting of a call centre staffed by Registered Dietitians and funding support to enhance Call Centre PEN.
- The British Dietetic Association is our first international collaborator, joined soon after, by the Dietitians Association of Australia. This extends PEN’s reach, positioning it as the global resource for nutrition practice.
- The DC Gerontology, Paediatric Nutrition, Dysphagia, Nutrition Support and Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Networks are acknowledged for their financial contributions to the respective Knowledge Pathways.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada is acknowledged for the financial contribution to the Diabetes and Nutritional Assessment Knowledge Pathway. The views expressed in these Knowledge Pathways are not necessarily those of Public Health Agency of Canada.
- The Vulnerable Populations Office, Risk Management Bureau, SEP, HECS Canada is acknowledged for their financial contribution to the Food Safety KP. The views expressed in this Knowledge Pathway are not necessarily those of The Vulnerable Populations Office, Risk Management Bureau.
- The Canadian Council on Learning is acknowledged for its funding contribution to support the evaluation of the PEN service.
- Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia is acknowledged for their leadership in the design and implementation of the PEN evaluation.
- Administrative support for Kristyn Hall to conduct a critical review and synthesis of the evidence for the Pediatric Obesity pathway was provided by the Calgary Health Region, Alberta. This support demonstrates the key role that Health Care Administrators can play in facilitating knowledge translation and exchange by supporting their staff to contribute their expertise to developing PEN content.
- The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada is acknowledged for its funding of evidence syntheses to support the Aboriginal Nutrition Pathway. The views expressed in this Knowledge Pathway are not necessarily those of Health Canada.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Best Practice Portal are acknowledged for the financial contribution to the Food Security and School Health Knowledge Pathway. The views expressed in these Knowledge Pathways are not necessarily those of Public Health Agency of Canada.