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Disruptive thinking – how does it help?

Most of us do what we have always done. In fact, craziness has been defined as expecting something different when you do as you always have done! So how do we change or improve our practice? Often, it starts with

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knowledge to change practice

Recognising different types of knowledge helps to explain some of the difficulties of changing practice. I will summarise an impressive conceptual article that sadly, is not available via open access.  If we think about knowledge in its broader sense, it

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Posted in change, clinical practice, evidence, healthcare professional, knowledge, organisation, using research

5 components to exchange knowledge

Instead of being translated from research to practice, knowledge could be better conceptualised as being continually and dynamically exchanged. Circular models may not be sufficient to detail the complex exchange of different forms of knowledge that occur when identifying the

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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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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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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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Sharing knowledge using smartphones?

Healthcare professionals need information about their patients, and many use smart phones. Could this be the perfect match where health professionals use their smart phones to access the information they need, when they are with their patients? This was the

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Clarifying types of evidence in Evidence-Based Health Care?

It’s time to explode the assumption that the best and only evidence referred to in Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) is scientific research. OK, it is important to understand the hierarchies of research evidence, in order to detect potential sources of

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Posted in clinical guidelines, knowledge, using research

just knowing is not enough for real learning

As children and young adults, we have all learned to reproduce facts for exams.  I remember learning where key diagrams were in my open book chemistry exam and I even rote learned 4 essays for my introductory sociology course. I

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