Practitioners in… knowledge translation

The Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice (CoP) organized a recent conference focused on the practice with researchers and knowledge translators.  The presentation below lays out one team of Knowledge Translation’s practice: Evidence to Care – Supporting Knowledge Translation at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital .  The team is: Shauna Kingsnorth, Christine Provvidenza, Julia Schippke, & Ashleigh Townley 

The development and use of good evidence in practice is critical to both client care and the development and the legitimizing of innovations in our practice.  It is not simply what “gold standard” of evidence the research community has developed.  This quote  below from their presentation demonstrates the tensions between developing an evidence base vs. an evidence based practice.

“If we require a strong evidence base before doing anything, and there isn’t an evidence base, then we don’t end up doing anything. Where data isn’t that available, we are relying on experts. In this case, they were consultative with a range of experts…” – Funder

As front line workers are attempting to advance good care within our organizations there are significant struggles with capacity to lead practice change.  It seems our organizational systems are creating specific units to do so and while of course their prime directive is a collaborative one, I feel  there is an issue of precious resource deployment with differences between the reality of everyday practice– time and capacity, and the knowledge translation people who are now calling themselves,  practitioners. 

What is your experience with knowledge translation?

Below is sample content from this presentation:

The Excellent Care for All Act (ECFAA), which came into law in June of 2010, puts Ontario patients first and helps define quality for the health care sector, by reinforcing shared responsibility for quality of care, building and supporting boards’ capability to oversee the delivery of high quality of care, and ensuring health care organizations make information on their commitment to quality publicly available.

“Evidence-informed best practice Evidence-informed care is an expectation of all health care professionals in leading academic health sciences centres around the world; however ensuring that it happens consistently is not easily achieved.”


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