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Type: Journal article
Title: Exploring the hidden barriers in knowledge translation
Author: Harvey, G.
Marshall, R.
Jordan, Z.
Kitson, A.
Citation: Qualitative Health Research, 2015; 25(11):1506-1517
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1049-7323
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Gill Harvey, Rhianon J. Marshall, Zoe Jordan, and Alison L. Kitson
Abstract: Debates about knowledge translation (KT) typically focus on the research-practice gap, which appears to be premised on the assumption that academics are a homogeneous collective, sharing a common view. We argue that a number of hidden barriers need to be addressed related to the understanding, interpretation, ability, and commitment to translate knowledge within academic communities. We explore this by presenting a qualitative case study in a health sciences faculty. Applying organizational and management theory, we discuss different types of boundaries and the resultant barriers generated, ranging from diversity in understanding and perceptions of KT to varying motivations and incentives to engage in translational activity. We illustrate how we are using the empirical findings to inform the development of a KT strategy that targets the identified barriers. Investing in this internal KT-focused activity is an important step to maximize the potential of future collaborations between producers and users of research in health care.
Keywords: Evidence-based practice; knowledge transfer; knowledge utilization; semi-structured interviews; qualitative analysis; translation
Rights: © The Author(s) 2015
RMID: 0030026381
DOI: 10.1177/1049732315580300
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