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Integrated Knowledge Translation: Examining a Collaborative Knowledge Translation Approach
There is growing evidence within the knowledge translation (KT) literature that affecting the gap between research knowledge and point-of-care practice is a complex, iterative and value laden process strongly shaped by relational and contextual factors. KT research studies have highlighted: (a) the importance of an interactive approach to KT that can support the integration of research evidence, clinician expertise and contextual realities and (b) the importance of tailoring KT activities to the needs and realities of potential users. Knowledge brokers are increasingly being used to bridge between researchers and knowledge users. iPANEL provides an excellent opportunity (“laboratory”) for developing a sustainable, effective model for KT that fits with the type of practice knowledge nurses use in practice.
The purpose of this demonstration knowledge translation project is to build upon and advance knowledge of effective integrated KT in health care in the context of iPANEL, a MSFHR-funded project on the advancement of evidence and leadership for a palliative approach in nursing.
Research Objectives and Questions:
Objectives giving specific direction to this KT project are:
- To refine and test an integrated, collaborative, knowledge translation model;
- To translate knowledge for the clinical recognition of clients who would benefit from a palliative approach, including identification of approapriate supports and services for patient and family;
- To build on relationships between academic, administrative, and clinical stakeholders to create healthcare environments that facilitate the uptake of a palliative approach;
- To explore how specific strategies/processes, such as Knowledge Broker and researchers working with local research champions, facilitate knowledge exchange; and
- To evaluate how a project such as iPANEL creates opportunities for an integrated, multi-leveled approach to knowledge translation for the integration of a palliative approach across care delivery sites.
Timeline: Commenced May, 2012. Expected end date May, 2014.