The role and theoretical evolution of knowledge translation and exchange in public health

Armstrong, Rebecca, Waters, Elizabeth, Roberts, Helen, Oliver, Sandy and Popay, Jennie 2006, The role and theoretical evolution of knowledge translation and exchange in public health, Journal of public health, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 1-6.

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Title The role and theoretical evolution of knowledge translation and exchange in public health
Author(s) Armstrong, Rebecca
Waters, Elizabeth
Roberts, Helen
Oliver, Sandy
Popay, Jennie
Journal name Journal of public health
Volume number 28
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006-11-02
ISSN 1741-3842
Keyword(s) evidence
knowledge translation
public health
primary health care
evidence-based medicine
Summary Background There is an increased emphasis in public health research on effective models and strategies to support knowledge translation (KT), the exchange, synthesis and ethically sound application of research findings within a complex set of interactions among researchers and knowledge users. In other words, KT can be seen as an acceleration of the knowledge cycle—an acceleration of the natural transformation of knowledge into use (Canadian Institutes of Health Services Research. Knowledge Translation Strategy, 2004). The most recent conceptualizations consider the complexities of public health decision-making. The role of practitioners and communities is increasingly considered.

Methods We identify, describe and discuss the theoretical underpinnings of KT and recommend a way forward to build the evidence for more effective practice.

Results Theoretical perspectives increasingly influence research on KT in public health. A range of innovative work is being conducted to explore methods for KT using practical tools, often with the support of government.

Conclusions KT describes a crucial and to date under-developed element of the research process. There is an important gap in theoretically informed empirical studies of effectiveness of proposed approaches in public health, health promotion and preventive medicine, and thus much of the debate remains abstract. There is clearly an urgent policy need to establish the effectiveness of KT models in a range of contexts. This must include both the consideration of development and the utilization of knowledge.
Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2006, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003969

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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