Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice

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Sharon Straus, Jacqueline Tetroe, Ian D. Graham
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2011 - Medical - 336 pages
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Health care systems worldwide are faced with the challenge of improving the quality of care.  Providing evidence from health research is necessary but not sufficient for the provision of optimal care and so knowledge translation (KT), the scientific study of methods for closing the knowledge-to-action gap and of the barriers and facilitators inherent in the process, is gaining significance.

Knowledge Translation in Health Care explains how to use research findings to improve health care in real life, everyday situations. The authors define and describe knowledge translation, and outline strategies for successful knowledge translation in practice and policy making. The book is full of examples of how knowledge translation models work in closing the gap between evidence and action.

Written by a team of authors closely involved in the development of knowledge translation this unique book aims to extend understanding and implementation worldwide. It is an introductory guide to an emerging hot topic in evidence-based care and essential for health policy makers, researchers, managers, clinicians and trainees.


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Knowledge Creation
The KnowIedgetoAction Cycle
Theories and Models of Knowledge
Knowledge Exchange
Approaches to measurement
Ethics in knowledge translation

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About the author (2011)

Sharon Straus MD, MSc, FRCPC is Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Principal Investigator, Knowledge Translation Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is lead editor of the latest edition of Evidence-based Medicine (the original handbook by David Sackett et al) and a renowned educator and researcher in the evidence-based medicine field.

Jacqueline Tetroe is Senior Advisor, Knowledge Translation, at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Ian Graham is Vice- President of Knowledge Translation at CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa and Senior Social Scientist and Associate Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Health Research Institute. He holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Community Medicine and is an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at Queen's University. Dr. Graham obtained a PhD in medical sociology from McGill University, a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with 1st class honours in sociology from McGill University.

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