Review, synthesis and concept analysis of literature examining attributes of organizational context that impact knowledge translation in healthcare

Start/End Dates: November 2008 - October 2009

Investigators: Carole A. Estabrooks (PI), Greta Cummings, Alison Hutchinson (Postdoctoral Fellow), Anastasia Mallidou (Postdoctoral Fellow), Corinne Schalm
Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Grant Amount: $100,000
The purpose of this review to identify a core set of concepts of organizational context that influence knowledge translation (KT)* and are applicable at multiple levels ? organization, program, unit, and /or sub-unit.
Specific objectives:
  1. To systematically review the theoretical and empirical literature to identify and define a core set of concepts of organizational context that influence KT in healthcare settings.
  1. To conceptually analyze the concepts identified in objective 1.
  1. To examine the strength of the evidence of the effects of organizational concepts on KT (i.e. organizational determinants of KT).
*We have adopted the CIHR definition of KT:
"Knowledge translation is the exchange, synthesis and ethically-sound application of knowledge - within a complex system of interactions among researchers and users - to accelerate the capture of the benefits of research for Canadians through improved health, more effective services and products, and a strengthened health care system"
Available at: Accessed March 6, 2009