Links
Research Matters Knowledge Translation Toolkit. On the site of the International Development Research Centre.

Health policy-makers' perceptions of their use of evidence: a systematic review.  Innvaer et al. (2002). Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. Vol 7 No 4, 2002: 239–244. Abstract on the site of the Royal Society of Medicine Press.

Knowledge exchange strategies for interventions and policy in public health. Kouri, D. (2009).  Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 5, Number 1, January 2009 , pp. 71-83(13). Abstract on the site of ingentaconnect.

Facilitating a knowledge translation process: Knowledge review and facilitation tool. Lemire, N., Souffez, K., and Laurendeau, M.-C. (2009).  9 MB. On the site of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.


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Florence Morestin

Publication of Road Speed: Health Impacts and Counteractive Measures
This NCCHPP translation of the INSPQ's scientific review shows the multiple negative effects of speeding and makes recommendations for how to reduce road speed.
Translation published in October 2008.  DescriptionDownload (from the INSPQ website)  1.45 Mb.
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Did you know that driving at 70 km/h in a 60-km/h zone puts a driver at greater risk for a collision involving injury than does driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 g/100ml? The evidence says that the relative risk is 4.2 for the first practice (70 km/h in a 60-km/h zone), compared to 3.2 for the other (.08% alcohol). (Road Speed, p. 13)

Road Speed: Health Impact and Counteractive Measures
(From the INSPQ website)
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In this document you will find a substantial review of the evidence on speeding. Besides presenting data such as those found above, the document points out that we must consider the phenomenon of road speed within a social context. Despite the disturbing realities about speeding, it  is seen as a relatively minor type of offense, not comparable ot other, more serious illegal behavour. In addition, it is not just the less frequent instances of extreme speeding which pose a problem. The more common form of road speed (such as travelling at 70 km/h in a 60 zone) is shown to be a significant risk. 

This scientific review, produced by the Direction développement des individus et des communautés of the INSPQ (the Institut national de santé publique du Québec - Quebec's public health institute), sets out to:

  • Show the dangers to the public caused by road speed, including injuries, pollution, and less pedestrian and cyclist-friendly public spaces;
  • Show how road speed reduces drivers' ability to avoid collisions;
  • Review the current scientific evidence for the effectiveness of various measures aimed at reducing speed; and
  • Develop a set of principles and recommendations for how to reduce road speed in the shorter and longer terms, based on the evidence.
As part of our mandate, the NCCHPP has translated this scientific review into English, so that it may become a resource for a broader group across Canada and internationally.

The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.