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Integrated Knowledge Translation

Integrated knowledge translation involves the moving of research knowledge into practice. When we find out that something works in a research setting, the next step is to implement it into everyday activities through end users. End users are the people who are going to implement the activities and might include doctors, nurses and patients—that is the recipients and doers.

Effective integrated knowledge translation occurs where there bidirectional learning with end users and researchers throughout the research process. Researchers can design something that works that might also be inefficient and not practical. When end users are involved early in the process, they can identify constraints and challenges to later implementation. The intervention can then be adjusted to better fit the context of the community in which the knowledge is to be applied.

Some key knowledge translation activities include planning with end users about how to translate the research into practice, brainstorming conversations about challenges and constraints, identification of resources needed for implementation and making sense of research findings so that the local context is considered.

 

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