Creation of an Integrated Knowledge Translation Process to Improve Pediatric Emergency Care in Canada

Health Commun. 2018 Aug;33(8):980-987. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1323538. Epub 2017 May 24.


TREKK (Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids) was established to address knowledge needs to support care of children in general emergency departments. To achieve this goal, we developed an integrated knowledge translation (KT) process based on identified priorities to create the TREKK Evidence Repository, containing "knowledge pyramids" and Bottom Line Recommendations (summary documents) on the diagnosis and treatment of emergency pediatric conditions. The objective of this article is to describe our methods for developing and disseminating the TREKK Evidence Repository to improve pediatric emergency care in Canada. Our work was guided by the research question: Can an integrated KT process address an information gap in healthcare practice? We utilized a pyramid-shaped framework, built upon the "4S" hierarchy of evidence model, to provide detailed evidence appropriate to stakeholders' needs. For each priority condition (asthma, bronchiolitis, croup, etc.), clinical advisors and KT experts collaborated to create a Bottom Line Recommendation and to select guidelines, reviews, and key studies for that condition's topic area in the Evidence Repository on the TREKK website ( Targeted promotion, including a social media campaign, communicated the availability of new topics in the Evidence Repository and available knowledge tools. Feedback from 35 end-users on pilot versions of the Evidence Repository was positive with 91% indicating that they would use the resource in the emergency department. Using an integrated KT process, we responded to end-users' requests for varying level of information on priority pediatric conditions through the creation of knowledge tools and development of a process to identify and vet high quality evidence-based resources.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Child
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration
  • Pediatrics*
  • Program Development / methods*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / organization & administration*

Grant support