Technology-Enabled Knowledge Translation (TEKT): Critique of Existing Frameworks

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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
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Lubna Daraz

Doctoral Student, School of Rehabilitation Science. Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada

Currently, a second year PhD student. Previous degree was in Master’s in Information Studies at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, Canada. Area of research interest involves in studying the health and social information needs of women with disabilities and then to develop a customized online information resource to meet those needs. The information resource will perform as a knowledge translation platform for sharing knowledge among women with disabilities, healthcare providers, knowledge brokers and other stakeholders. Future work will focus on developing information behaviour models for people with disabilities.

Ref: T08P0424