Knowledge-to-action processes for Seniors Health Research Transfer

An interesting research paper on the use of communities of practice in the Ontario health sector. For this research, KTA (Knowledge-to-Action) refers to the movement of research and experience-based knowledge between social contexts, and the use of that knowledge to improve practice. It says:

This research will generate new knowledge about the defining characteristics of CoPs operating in the health system, on leadership roles in CoPs, and on the nature of interaction processes, relationships, and knowledge exchange mechanisms. Our work will yield a better understanding of the factors that contribute to the success or failure of KTA initiatives, and create a better understanding of how local caregiving contexts interact with specific initiatives. Our participatory design will allow stakeholders to influence the practical usefulness of our findings and contribute to improved health services delivery for seniors.

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