Knowledge translation: Principles and practicalities for trainees within interdisciplinary health research teams

Collisson, Beverly A.; Benzies, Karen; Mosher, Andrea A.; Rainey, Kelly J.; Tanaka, Satomi; Tracey, Curtis; Xu, Chen; Olson, David M.
December 2011
Clinical & Investigative Medicine;Dec2011, Vol. 34 Issue 6, pE366
Academic Journal
Within a dynamic health research environment with trends toward increasing accountability, governments and funding agencies have placed increased emphasis on knowledge translation (KT) as a way to optimize the impact of research investments on health outcomes, research products and health service delivery. As a result, there is an increasing need for familiarity with the principles of KT frameworks and components of KT strategies. Accordingly, health research trainees (graduate students and post-doctoral fellows) must be supported to enhance their capacity to understand KT principles and the practicalities of implementing effective KT practices. In this paper, the unique opportunities and challenges that trainees within an interdisciplinary research team encounter when they begin to understand and apply constructive and relevant KT practices are considered. Our commentary is based on trainee experiences within the Preterm Birth and Healthy Outcomes Team (PreHOT), an interdisciplinary research team.


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