An introduction to the multisystem model of knowledge integration and translation

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2011 Jan-Mar;34(1):29-38. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e318209439f.


Many nurse researchers have designed strategies to assist health care practitioners to move evidence into practice. While many have been identified as "models," most do not have a conceptual framework. They are unidirectional, complex, and difficult for novice research users to understand. These models have focused on empirical knowledge and ignored the importance of practitioners' tacit knowledge. The Communities of Practice conceptual framework allows for the integration of tacit and explicit knowledge into practice. This article describes the development of a new translation model, the Multisystem Model of Knowledge Integration and Translation, supported by the Communities of Practice conceptual framework.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / organization & administration*