A Bibliometric Analysis of the Knowledge Utilization Literature: The Structure and Substance of a Scientific Community

Start/End Dates: March 2004 – February 2006

Investigators: Carole A. Estabrooks (PI), John Lavis, Joanne-Profetto-McGrath, Lars Wallin, Shannon Scott (formerly Scott-Findlay)

Collaborators: Olle Persson, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Funders : Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) & Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Grant Amounts : $206,565

Our purpose was to document the development and current state of knowledge utilization as a field of study using bibliometric analysis with a particular emphasis on health.

The research questions were:

  1. what does the knowledge-utilization field look like generally and in the health sciences?

  2. what is the structure of this scientific community?

  3. what direction can be provided to researchers working in this field of study?

  4. what direction can be provided to decision-makers concerned with the translation of research into patient/consumer, clinical, health systems, and public policy decisions?

The products of this research program are:

Technical Report:

Winther, C., Estabrooks, C.A., Lavis, J.N., Scott, S.D., Wallin, L., Profetto-McGrath, J. (2009). A Bibliometric Analysis of the Knowledge Utilization Literature The Structure and Substance of a Scientific Community: Technical Report. (Report No. 09-01-TR). Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing. (ISBN: 978-1-55195-243-7)