Learning experiences from translating knowledge

Here’s a quick summary from 2 wonderful presenters during last week’s module “Knowledge into Action

I suggest that these shared learnings might be a useful guide to check individual progress during projects that aim to use research evidence to improve clinical practice. They are not in any particular order, as we all recognise that this complex process is both circular and sometimes spiralling.

  1. start small then scale up
  2. being systematic is key to leading knowledge improvement projects – this will avoid people jumping to quick fixes
  3. use a sound theoretical model to guide decision making – this avoids random guesses about what might or might not work and may even help to guide planning about what is achievable
  4. review barriers and facilitators for change as a basis for determining what is possible or feasible
  5. use the process of  a clinical audit or root-cause analysis to understand what is going on – ask questions about how and why, to understand what is behind the patterns or trends
  6. develop an improvement/intervention plan and stick to it
  7. take time to emphasise expectations and benefits for all involved in the change – bottom up change is slow and requires buy-in from the whole team
  8. sometimes the research evidence is not enough to know what to do – there is a need to document systematically what works in practice
  9. accumulate learning experiences to inform future successes
  10. focus on evidence gaps that are important to the particular stakeholders
  11. one size does not fit all

thanks so much Brian Oldenburg and Amelia Samuels


I conduct and supervise research that promotes the translation of quality research evidence for use in clinical practice.

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