A knowledge translation cycle for research utilization in the health system

[Deutscher Titel: Ein Übersetzungszyklus für Wissen damit es für die Forschung im Gesundheitswesen genutzt werden kann]

Reza Majdzadeh, Jila Sadighi, Saharnaz Nejat, Ali Shahidzade Mahani, Jaleh Gholami
Knowledge translation for research utilization: Design of a knowledge translation model at Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, Volume 28 Issue 4, Fall 2008, Pages 270 – 277


  • Introduction: The present study aimed to generate a model that would provide a conceptual framework for linking disparate components of knowledge translation. A theoretical model of such would enable the organization and evaluation of attempts to analyze current conditions and to design interventions on the transfer and utilization of research knowledge.
  • Methods: This research, performed in 2006-2007 at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), utilized two distinct methodologies: a narrative review to identify existing knowledge transfer models and frameworks and focus group discussions to determine the views and opinions of researchers and decision makers regarding barriers to knowledge translation within the health system.
  • Results: A knowledge translation cycle is described, with five domains: knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, research utilization, question transfer, and the context of organization.
  • Discussion: The knowledge translation cycle offers a theoretical basis for identifying basic requirements and linking mechanisms in the translation of knowledge for research utilization.

knowledge translation • research utilization • knowledge creation • education • medical • continuing • learning

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