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Do theories make knowledge more understandable?

When learning about a new or complex area, it is often difficult to know where to start to make sense of different observations, to identify which components are important, and how to link similar things together. Knowledge itself is often

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Posted in behaviour, change, improvement, information, theories, thinking

Keys to improving healthcare services

Can innovation be led by clinicians and professionals in local healthcare services? Can these innovations drive improved services for patients? It seems possible – at least in a recent learning report produced by the Health Foundation, who sponsored 32 Shine

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Posted in health care services, healthcare professional, implementation, improvement, information, innovation, learning, organisation

What is evidence?

Over the last 20 years, in the world of evidence-based health care, there are running debates about what constitutes evidence and hidden assumptions in the way the word evidence is used.  In defining this word, it is important to recognise

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Posted in clinical practice, definition, evidence, evidence-based health care, information, using research

Knowledge translation insights from management

Knowledge translation (KT) in healthcare is often criticised for being too linear. However, a lot of clinical research and healthcare literature is conceived and expressed in a linear fashion. Therefore, it is often challenging to recognise that the translation of

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Posted in evidence-based health care, implementation, information, knowledge, knowledge translation, learning, management

Where do health professionals learn?

Phrases like lifelong learning and continuing professional education are in common usage by healthcare professionals. There seems to be an acceptance that learning continues throughout professional careers. But the question for this post is, where do these professionals find their

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Posted in evidence-based health care, information, knowledge, learning, Uncategorized, using research

Patients need knowledge to make healthcare decisions

At some time, we are all patients, and will want to know about the potential benefits and harms of  our health care. In serious and life-threatening trauma, few of us will want to, or be in position to do this,

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Posted in evidence, information, knowledge, shared decision making

What information is knowledge?

In defining what is knowledge, it seems that information is a building block. But then, what transforms information into knowledge? I am confronted by the assumption that knowledge should be based on scientific evidence. If we follow that argument, then

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Posted in evidence, information, knowledge