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Knowledge Translation

Submitted by kathleen.local on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:07am



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines knowledge translation (KT) as “a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.” 

The Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary takes an integrated KT approach as defined by CIHR, "In integrated KT, stakeholders or potential research knowledge users are engaged in the entire research process. By doing integrated KT, researchers and research users work together to shape the research process by collaborating to determine the research questions, deciding on the methodology, being involved in data collection and tools development, interpreting the findings, and helping disseminate the research results. This approach, also known by such terms as collaborative research, action-oriented research, and co-production of knowledge, should produce research findings that are more likely be relevant to and used by the end users."

Synthesizing the Literature

If you are planning on conducting a systematic search of the literature, you should work with a librarian or information specialist who is trained in performing systematic reviews. The subject librarian for the Faculty of Nursing is Alix Hayden. 

Tools and Resources

Knowledge Synthesis

Review Designs

Systematic Reviews

Scoping Reviews

Realist Reviews