Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice, Edition 2

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Knowledge Translation in Health Care is a practical introduction to knowledge translation for everyone working and learning within health policy and funding agencies, and as researchers, clinicians and trainees. Using everyday examples, it explains how to use research findings to improve health care in real life.

This new second edition defines the principles and practice of knowledge translation and outlines strategies for successful knowledge translation in practice and policy making. It includes relevant real world examples and cases of knowledge translation in action that are accessible and relevant for all stakeholders including clinicians, health policy makers, administrators, managers, researchers, clinicians and trainees. 

From an international expert editor and contributor team, and fully revised to reflect current practice and latest developments within the field, Knowledge Translation in Health Care is the practical guide for all health policy makers and researchers, clinicians, trainee clinicians, medical students and other healthcare professionals seeking to improve healthcare practice.
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About the author

Sharon E. Straus, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital and Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jacqueline Tetroe, Knowledge Translation Portfolio, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ian D. Graham, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
May 31, 2013
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Pages
424
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ISBN
9781118413579
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / Evidence-Based Medicine
Medical / General
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