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WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION ?
From the Canadian Institute of Health Research (click here for the full article)
Knowledge translation (KT) is a dynamic and iterative process that includes: synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system. This process takes place within a complex system of interactions between researchers and knowledge users which may vary in intensity, complexity and level of engagement depending on the nature of the research and the findings as well as the needs of the particular knowledge user.
Synthesis - means the contextualization and integration of research findings of individual research studies within the larger body of knowledge on the topic. It could take the form of a systematic review, result from a consensus conference or expert panel or synthesize qualitative or quantitative results.
Dissemination - involves identifying the appropriate audience and tailoring the message and medium to the audience. Dissemination activities can include such things as summaries for / briefings to stakeholders, educational sessions with patients, practitioners and/or policy makers, engaging knowledge users in developing and executing dissemination/implementation plan, tools creation, and media engagement.
Exchange - The exchange of knowledge refers to the interaction between the knowledge user and the researcher, resulting in mutual learning. According to the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF), the definition of knowledge exchange is "collaborative problem-solving between researchers and decision makers that happens through linkage and exchange. Effective knowledge exchange involves interaction between knowledge users and researchers and results in mutual learning through the process of planning, producing, disseminating, and applying existing or new research in decision-making."
Ethically-sound application of knowledge - activities for improved health are those that are consistent with ethical principles and norms, social values, as well as legal and other regulatory frameworks.