Knowledge translation research: the science of moving research into policy and practice

J Contin Educ Health Prof. Summer 2011;31(3):174-80. doi: 10.1002/chp.20124.


Research findings will not change health outcomes unless health care organizations, systems, and professionals adopt them in practice. Knowledge translation research is the scientific study of the methods to promote the uptake of research findings by patients, health care providers, managers, and policy makers. Many forms of enquiry addressing different questions are needed to develop the evidence base for knowledge translation. In this paper we will present a description of the broad scope of knowledge translation research with a reflection on activities needed to further develop the science of knowledge translation. Consideration of some of the shared research challenges facing the fields of knowledge translation and continuing professional development will also be presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Knowledge*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical*