The November 2007 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine is a theme issue on knowledge translation in emergency medicine. The issue includes the presentations from the May 2007 conference entitled Knowledge Translation in Emergency Medicine: Establishing a Research Agenda and Guide Map for Evidence Uptake.
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From: Executive Summary: Knowledge Translation in Emergency Medicine: Establishing a Research Agenda and Guide Map for Evidence Uptake:
Knowledge translation (KT) describes any process that contributes to the effective and timely incorporation of evidence-based information into the practices of health professionals in such a way as to effect optimal health care outcomes and maximize the potential of the health care system. The 2007 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference was conceived to stimulate the development of a KT research agenda and a coordinated initiative within the specialty of emergency medicine (EM). This article provides an executive summary of the consensus conference initiative by describing the overriding themes that emerged as central to the KT enterprise for EM, as well as the specific research recommendations that received the greatest support.
Selected titles: The Knowledge Translation Paradigm: Historical, Philosophical, and Practice Perspectives; Responsiveness to Change: A Quality Indicator for Assessment of Knowledge Translation Systems; Some Theoretical Underpinnings of Knowledge Translation; Guideline Implementation Research: Exploring the Gap between Evidence and Practice in the CRUSADE Quality Improvement Initiative; Evidence-based Reviews and Databases: Are They Worth the Effort? Developing Evidence Summaries for Emergency Medicine; Funding Opportunities in Knowledge Translation: Review of the AHRQ’s “Translating Research into Practice” Initiatives, Competing Funding Agencies, and Strategies for Success; Development of the Capacity Necessary to Perform and Promote Knowledge Translation Research in Emergency Medicine; Development of the Capacity Necessary to Perform and Promote Knowledge Translation Research in Emergency Medicine; Informatics and Knowledge Translation; The Emergency Physician and Knowledge Transfer: Continuing Medical Education, Continuing Professional Development, and Self-improvement; Graduate Medical Education and Knowledge Translation: Role Models, Information Pipelines, and Practice Change Thresholds; Toward Improved Implementation of Evidence-based Clinical Algorithms: Clinical Practice Guidelines, Clinical Decision Rules, and Clinical Pathways; Knowledge Translation at the Macro Level: Legal and Ethical Considerations; Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis Methods: The INSTINCT Trial; The Utility of a Quality Improvement Bundle in Bridging the Gap between Research and Standard Care in the Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock in the Emergency Department