Research and knowledge transfer priorities in developmental coordination disorder: Results from consultations with multiple stakeholders
Camden, Chantal; Meziane, Sabah; Maltais, Désirée; Cantin, Noémie; Brossard-Racine, Marie; Berbari, Jade; Couture, Mélanie
SubjectChildren with disabilities
Abstract : Background: Priority‐setting is a way to focus research and knowledge translation (KT) efforts for community‐based research partnerships (CBRP). Objective: To identify the developmental coordination disorder (DCD) research and KT priorities of stakeholders in Quebec, Canada, and their perceptions regarding the implementation of a CBRP. Design: An advisory committee oversaw the research process including an online survey and four community forums. Setting and participants: The survey was posted online and four community forums were organized. Participants included parents of children with DCD, adults with DCD, health professionals and school staff. Main variables: Stakeholder generated research and KT priorities, and optimal CBPR conditions. Outcome measures: Participants selected their top five priorities based on a predefined list of 16 research and 12 KT priorities determined in collaboration with the advisory committee. They also rated the importance of various CBRP conditions. Preliminary survey results were discussed during the forums. Results: Survey participants (n = 395) identified interwoven research and KT priorities where access to services was considered to be essential: supporting children at school; improving DCD identification and diagnosis; preventing secondary consequences; improving the organization of services and implementing effective services. Forum participants (n = 52) confirmed the relevance of these priorities and supported the establishment of a CBRP inclusive of all stakeholders to improve DCD services, research and KT. Discussion and conclusions: A general consensus emerged among all groups, but adults with DCD were more concerned with employment than were the other stakeholder groups. These findings are presently being used to shape an ongoing, online CBRP.