Deliberative Dialogue and Knowledge-to-Action

Posted on February 19, 2018 by

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The currently featured ANS article is titled “Toward Relational Practices for Enabling Knowledge-to-Action in Health Systems: The Example of Deliberative Dialogue” by Katrina Plamondon, MSc, RN; Susana Caxaj, PhD, RN (available at no coast while featured). In this article the authors raise critical questions that deserve our consideration, and offer promising approaches for addressing these questions.  Here is the authors’ account of how this work evolved, and vision for the future:

The idea for this article was sparked over several coffee dates with Katrina, with us both reflecting on different health inequities in the world, and genuinely wondering, what tools do we need to affect change? We shared several of our own experiences and

Susana Caxaj (L) and Katrina Plamondon (R)

noticed the common thread of relational practices and intentional collaboration. Katrina has spent a lot of time exploring the potential of deliberative dialogue to provide a framework for such initiatives in her doctoral work, and she proposed that writing about our past projects through this lens could encourage others to create collaborative spaces to tackle the complex health issues of our time.

 
We look forward to contributing further to the necessary discussion about the best ways to bring about change. Ultimately, we hope that readers take away the importance of process and incremental outcomes to envision the most transformative, bold and radical changes that are needed in our world.