Getting Heard by the Herd: The Art & Science of Knowledge Translation

Professor Iona Novak1

1 The University of Sydney

Clinical practice lags as much as 10-20 years behind research. Traditional research dissemination strategies, such as lectures and printed materials, are not enough to help professionals’ or policy-makers stay up-to-date, nor to guide families about how to choose the best care for their family members. Systematic reviews indicate that up to 40% of patients worldwide do not receive proven effective treatments and more than 20% receive ineffective or harmful treatments. The McKeon Review in Australia confirmed the same finding. Yet, we all want to help and provide excellent clinical care. The purpose of this keynote is to provide the latest knowledge translation research summarising how to increase the uptake and use of evidence within clinical decision-making, patient communication, and policy development. New evidence shows that active exchange of information, ideas and experience between researchers and research-users is necessary for designing and delivering cutting edge services. Grounded in the speaker’s original research using randomised controlled trials and cohort studies, this keynote will help you: (a) choose evidence-based knowledge translation strategies to evaluate possible supports, challenges and opportunities within your own clinical environments; (b) guide you in how to choose strategies that will accelerate the uptake of evidence into clinical practice, and (c) guide you in how to share evidence-based information with patients, clients and families to inform their decisions.