Research is key to achieving the best results in health care. Staff, trainees, and
physicians in health centres across Canada are looking to increase their own
research literacy and skills. An online, interactive learning opportunity, targeted
at health care professionals is needed. creo™ was created to fill this need.
Our goal is to build research capacity and promote a culture of research in health
care education and practice.
What is creo™?
Accessible, interactive and immediately relevant by design, creo™ builds research
capacity among healthcare professionals and trainees by providing research
design and methodology training wherever it is needed, whenever it is needed.
The creo™ platform is engaging and easy to navigate, providing the learner with
explicit learning objectives across a range of research design and methodology
topics. Activities, discussion boards, relevant cases, self-assessment and expert
feedback build research capacity in a way that is immediately applicable and
meaningful to the learner.
The instructional design is guided by learning theory, needs assessments, and
evidence. Key features include:
•Engaging and easy to navigate, with explicit learning objectives for each
•Activities are designed to integrate content with users’ personal interests.
•Discussion boards connect learners with each other and with experts.
•Links are provided to current and best evidence, as well as external sites to
continue learning and “dig deeper” when interested.
•Cases include clinical problems and concrete examples to make lessons
•Assesses learning through formative and summative assessment strategies.
•Reports can be generated to document time spent in creo, broken down by
•A library saves all work completed in the system – this can help you reflect on
what you have learned as well as provide evidence of work for accountability
Who needs creo™?
creo™ is designed for health care professionals and trainees wanting to increase
their health research literacy and basic skills to engage meaningfully in and
contribute to a culture of evidence based practice.
You need creo™ if you have the goal to learn about:
•Literature search strategies
•Critical appraisal of journal articles
•Developing and refining research questions
•Research methods and design considerations in health research
•Tests and Measures
•Qualitative Research Design
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NOTE: This course is FREE for IWK staff, IWK MDSS, NSHA staff, and NSHA MDSS. If you do not fit this criteria for access, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a site license. Group rates can be negotiated. Alternatively, HealthcareCan also delivers creo™ through their online course offerings. You can learn more about this option at:
These are some useful online resources for health researchers and trainees.
Webulators (web-based calculators):
OpenEpi, Open Source Epidemiologic Statistics for Public Health.