3.4c. Linkage and exchange interventions

  1. Sharon E. Straus MD, FRCPC, MSc2,
  2. Jacqueline Tetroe MA3 and
  3. Ian D. Graham PhD, FCAHS4
  1. Jon Salsberg and
  2. Ann C. Macaulay

Published Online: 9 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118413555.ch15

Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice

Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice

How to Cite

Salsberg, J. and Macaulay, A. C. (2013) Linkage and exchange interventions, in Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice (eds S. E. Straus, J. Tetroe and I. D. Graham), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118413555.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital; Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

  2. 3

    Knowledge Translation Portfolio, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ottawa, ON, Canada

  3. 4

    School of Nursing, University of Ottawa; Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Montréeal, Quebec, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118413548

Online ISBN: 9781118413555



  • exchange interventions;
  • knowledge translation (KT);
  • linkage interventions


Translating health research findings into action requires a complex system of linkage and exchange between those who create knowledge and those who must ultimately use or act upon it. This process can include researchers and service providers, services managers and others; or a mix of any or all stakeholders. The ultimate goals are effective and efficient programs, services, products, or procedures that meet the health needs of those they intend to benefit, the practice goals and needs of those who must administer them, or the programming goals of public policy makers. The contemporary effort by research funding agencies to support knowledge translation (KT) and integrated KT through targeted funding initiatives should as well be seen as an intervention with the goal of enhancing linkage and exchange.