Knowledge translation in health research: A novel approach to health sciences education

Reitmanova, Sylvia (2009) Knowledge translation in health research: A novel approach to health sciences education. Medical Education Online, 14. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1087-2981

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The salient role of knowledge translation process, by which knowledge is put into practice, is increasingly recognized by various research stakeholders. However, medical schools are slow in providing medical students and health professionals engaged in research with the sufficient opportunities to examine more closely the facilitators and barriers to utilization of research evidence in policymaking and implementation, or the effectiveness of their research communication strategies. Memorial University of Newfoundland now offers a knowledge translation course that equips students of community health and applied health research with the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting research, that responds more closely to the needs of their communities, and for improving the utilization of their research by a variety of research consumers. This case study illustrates how the positive research outcomes resulted from implementing the knowledge translation strategies learned in the course. Knowledge translation can be useful also in attracting more funding and support from research agencies, industry, government agencies and the public. These reasons offer a compelling rationale for the standard inclusion of knowledge translation courses in health sciences education. Keywords: health sciences curriculum, knowledge translation, research utilization

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 580
Keywords: Diffusion of Innovation; Education, Medical; Evidence-Based Medicine; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Health Services Research; Humans; Information Dissemination; Models, Educational
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of > Community Health
Date: 2009
Date Type: Publication

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