Technology-Enabled Knowledge Translation (TEKT): Critique of Existing Frameworks
Knowledge translation (KT) is a broad concept developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Institute has its own definition; however, KT has expanded its terms to knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange, research utilization, implementation, dissemination, diffusion, continuing education, and continuing professional development. Yet, there has not been much advancement in KT theories. In fact, a few theories and models are available which focus only on specific areas. The purpose of this paper was to review the literature for existing TEKT frameworks and then to assess them for further research initiatives especially for healthcare settings. Unfortunately, not too many TEKT frameworks are available; one article can be found which discusses a framework for KT cycle, issues of incorporating information and communication technology (ICT) in KT and an evaluation framework to support TEKT interventions. A detail assessment of the frameworks is presented based on established evaluation crieteria. The author concludes that the frameworks are useful with some limitations. Further evaluation will confirm their usability for future research initiatives.
Keywords: Technology-Enabled Knowledge Translation, TEKT, Knowledge Translation, Information and Communication Technology, Framework, Evaluation
Doctoral Student, School of Rehabilitation Science. Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University