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A Guide to Understanding Knowledge Translation

The exponential growth in scientific understanding of diseases and treatments is generating new healthcare knowledge at a rapid pace that is both exciting and challenging. This is —exciting because of the potential for improvements in healthcare and challenging because of the significant lag time before knowledge (i.e., evidence) is incorporated into practice, known as the Knowledge-to-Action Gap. Strategies to expedite the integration of new knowledge and evidence into practice are critical because delays have potential consequences for patient care and healthcare cost. Knowledge Translation is a mechanism that is growing in importance because the application of its methods has been shown to be effective in closing the Knowledge-to-Action Gap.

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