Pursuing common agendas: A collaborative model for knowledge translation between research and practice in clinical settings

Authors

  • Jennifer L. Baumbusch,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada
    • Culture, Gender and Health Research Unit, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, T201-2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 2B5, Canada.
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    • CIHR Doctoral Award, Canada Graduate Scholarship Recipient.

  • Sheryl Reimer Kirkham,

    1. Nursing Department, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Koushambhi Basu Khan,

    1. Learning and Career Development, Vancouver Coastal Health, British Columbia, Canada
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    • Social Science Researcher & Manager.

  • Heather McDonald,

    1. School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada
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    • CIHR Doctoral Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Graduate Studentship Recipient.

  • Pat Semeniuk,

    1. Culture, Gender and Health Research Unit, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada
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    • Regional Director.

  • Elsie Tan,

    1. School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada
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    • Senior Instructor.

  • Joan M. Anderson

    1. School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada
    2. Learning and Career Development, Vancouver Coastal Health, British Columbia, Canada
    3. Office of the Vice President Research, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada
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    • Professor Emeritus and Research Director.


  • This article is based on a program of research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, “Hospitalization and Help-seeking Experiences of Diverse Ethnocultural Groups (1998–2005).” Phase I (1998–2002) Research Team: Principal Investigator: Joan Anderson Co-Investigators: Ruth Coles, Angela Henderson, Judith Lynam, JoAnn Perry. Phase II (2002–2005) Research Team: Principal Investigator: Joan Anderson Co-Principal Investigators: Isabel Dyck (2002–2003), Sheryl Reimer Kirkham. Co-Investigators: Alice Choi, Laura Lang, Ranjit Lehal, Pat Semeniuk, Elsie Tan, Sue Young.

Abstract

There is an emerging discourse of knowledge translation that advocates a shift away from unidirectional research utilization and evidence-based practice models toward more interactive models of knowledge transfer. In this paper, we describe how our participatory approach to knowledge translation developed during an ongoing program of research concerning equitable care for diverse populations. At the core of our approach is a collaborative relationship between researchers and practitioners, which underpins the knowledge translation cycle, and occurs simultaneously with data collection/analysis/synthesis. We discuss lessons learned including: the complexities of translating knowledge within the political landscape of healthcare delivery, the need to negotiate the agendas of researchers and practitioners in a collaborative approach, and the kinds of resources needed to support this process. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 31:130–140, 2008

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