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A gaze through the lens of decision theory toward knowledge translation science

Bucknall, Tracey 2007, A gaze through the lens of decision theory toward knowledge translation science, Nursing research, vol. 56, no. Suppl. 4, pp. 60-66, doi: 10.1097/01.NNR.0000280630.40784.0f.

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Title A gaze through the lens of decision theory toward knowledge translation science
Author(s) Bucknall, Tracey
Journal name Nursing research
Volume number 56
Issue number Suppl. 4
Start page 60
End page 66
Publisher Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 0029-6562
1538-9847
Summary Research findings become evidence when an individual decides that the information is relevant and useful to a particular circumstance. Prior to that point, they are unrelated facts. For research translation to occur, research evidence needs filtering, interpretation, and application by individuals to the specific situation. For this reason, decision science is complementary to knowledge translation science. Both aim to support the individual in deciding the most appropriate action in a dynamic environment where there are masses of uncensored and nonprioritized information readily available. Decision science employs research theories to study the cognitive processes underpinning the filtering and integration of current scientific information into changing contexts. Two meta-theories, coherence and correspondence theories, have been used to provide alternative views and prompt significant debate to advance the science. The aim of this article is to stimulate debate about the relationship between decision theory and knowledge translation. Discussed is the critical role of cognition in clinical decision making, with a focus on knowledge translation. A critical commentary of the knowledge utilization modeling papers is presented from a decision science perspective. The article concludes with a discussion on the implications for knowledge translation when viewed through the lens of decision science.
Language eng
DOI 10.1097/01.NNR.0000280630.40784.0f
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007663

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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