Knowledge Translation: What we do
While the use of best evidence can save lives and money many healthcare practices and policies do not routinely include such evidence. Healthcare policymakers and practitioners often do not have the time or expertise to find, appraise and interpret systematic reviews or other relevant research evidence. Research has found that interactions between researchers and healthcare policymakers, timing/timeliness, highlighting relevant information to policymakers, and using structured summaries appear to increase the prospects for research use. In contrast, factors inhibiting the use of best evidence include absence of personalcontact, lack of timeliness or relevance of research, mutual mistrust, and power and budget struggles. Building on these and other findings, strategies to promote use of best evidence are grouped into “push strategies” (such as producing and disseminating summaries of systematic reviews), “pull strategies” (increasing demand for evidence from policymakers) and “knowledge exchange” strategies involving on-going dialogue between researchers and policymakers.
The Centre employs strategies to promote the uptake of best evidence in healthcare policy and practice. This includes:
- Dialoguing with and enhancing the EBHC capacity of key stakeholders.
- Responding to request for evidence from decision makers.
- Producing and disseminating summaries of best evidence including evidence informed clinical guidelines and policy briefs.
- Communicating research findings to a variety of stakeholders including the general public, the media, health professionals and policy makers.