This intervention research is at the intersection of organisational sciences, knowledge transfer, inter-organisational communication, community mobilisation and aboriginal health. We have developed three projects for which the general objective is to better understand the networks, the mechanisms and contexts that enhance paediatric collaborative mental health care in the northern region of Quebec. Collaborative care approaches, or shared care, have been highly praised over the past decades.
Despite a growing interest for these approaches, very little is known about how to develop and sustain such approaches in rural, remote and aboriginal communities. Multiple cultural, social, historical factors come into play influencing the possibilities of « working together ». The three projects will allow us to explore the factors that characterise collaboration networks, as well as the contexts that influence their formation. We will map the diversity of knowledge regarding child mental health and co-develop knowledge transfer tools that are adapted to the target populations. Finally, we will explore the contextual factors and the processes that take place when different groups of actors share divergent knowledge within Clinical Communities of Practice, spaces created to ensure dialogue between different individuals.
These studies will significantly contribute to child mental health research, knowledge transfer research and aboriginal health researcher. Moreover, the intervention research and participatory approach will allow us to take concrete actions meant to improve the quality, and continuity of care in child mental health in Nunavik.