What does it mean to transform knowledge into action in falls prevention research? Perspectives from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

J Safety Res. 2011 Dec;42(6):423-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2011.08.005. Epub 2011 Oct 31.


Introduction: The concept of knowledge translation as defined by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Knowledge to Action Cycle, described by Graham et al (Graham et al., 2006), are used to make a case for the importance of using a conceptual model to describe moving knowledge into action in the area of falls prevention.

Method: There is a large body of research in the area of falls prevention. It would seem that in many areas it is clear what is needed to prevent falls and further syntheses can determine where the evidence is sufficiently robust to warrant its implementation as well as where the gaps are that require further basic research.

Conclusion: The phases of the action cycle highlight seven areas that should be paid attention to in order to maximize chances of successful implementation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention*
  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Canada
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Knowledge*
  • Research Design
  • Research Support as Topic
  • Risk Assessment
  • Translational Medical Research*