What is Knowledge Translation?
Imagine two mountains. On one mountain are the researchers who generate a staggering amount of research results every year. On the other mountain are the decision-makers, policy-makers, administrators, health care providers, patients, and consumers.
There is a tremendous difference between the two and between what we know from research and what we do in health care. So, how can we bridge the gap between the two mountains so that research results can effectively inform decision-making in healthcare?
Knowledge translation (KT) is only one term among many that refers to the deliberate process of information exchange between producers and potential users of research that supports evidence-informed decision making and decision-informed research, ultimately for the betterment of peoples' lives.
Related terms include: knowledge transfer, research transfer, research utilization, knowledge mobilization, and knowledge management. At AIHS, we understand KT to mean all of these things.