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Knowledge Translation in Healthcare: A Literature Review

Posted Nov 22 2010 12:55pm

Knowledge Translation in Healthcare: A Review of the Literature

, School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London

Michael Barrett, Judge Business School, Cambridge University

, Judge Business School, Cambridge University

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"…….The rapidly expanding literature on knowledge in management research, has outlined a number of different knowledge ‘processes’ such as knowledge sharing, knowledge creation, knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer. A critical issue, often discussed in terms of enabling innovation or competitive advantage, is the need for knowledge embedded within one community or organisational group to become available or known to members in a different community.

In this review we start by organising and critically synthesising the literature on knowledge translation in the context of healthcare delivery in particular. As such the knowledge translation gap we focus on is between knowledge developed in the context of research communities and the knowledge held by those in healthcare practice communities as evidenced by their practices; we examine how this literature has evolved over the past 3 decades.

This is followed by a section that synthesises key themes from the broader management literature on knowledge sharing and ‘transfer’ processes. In the penultimate section we focus the relevance of our findings and conclusions from the literature as they related to ‘CLAHRCs’ more specifically. In the final section we elaborate on areas where we have identified gaps in the literatures reviewed and suggest areas of future research….”

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