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Sharon Mickan

Sharon is the inaugural conjoint Professor of Allied Health between Gold Coast Health and Griffith University. One of the key expectations of this position is to develop research knowledge and engagement for over 600 allied health professionals. This is both an academic design task and a practical implementation one that will require extension of Sharon’s expertise in evidence-based health care, interprofessional learning and knowledge translation. Sharon has previously worked at the University of Oxford, where she was Course Director for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. She is continuing her research focus in the area of knowledge translation; which is the active application of current research evidence in clinical practice.

Identifying Barriers and Facilitators to maximise the Implementation of research Evidence in clinical Practice

09:00 Wednesday June 21st

Objective: This interactive workshop will mix presentations, discussion, and group work to demonstrate how clinicians can systematically and efficiently identify barriers and facilitators in their local context, in order to use research evidence to inform and improve their clinical practice.

Methods: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research model of knowledge translation will be reviewed to identify the importance and timing of identifying barriers and facilitators in the sequential knowledge–to-action process.  Theories of organisational readiness and behaviour change will be introduced along with practical tools for stakeholder analysis.

Results: Practical examples of clear knowledge-practice gaps will be shared as a guide for small group work. Participants will be facilitated to apply research evidence to their local practice; beginning with a critical appraisal of the research evidence, focussing on comparisons to their local context. In order to identify key barriers and facilitators, participants will be guided to identify and analyse the motivation and power of key stakeholders, within a broader analysis of their local context.

Conclusion: Key barriers and facilitators will then be identified and mapped against the Knowledge to Action process. Participants will continue to discuss and compare ways they could maximise the potential impact of facilitators, while managing the identified barriers in applying specific research evidence to their own clinical practice. This workshop will highlight that the identification and management of key barriers and facilitators is an important stage in adapting and applying research evidence within local clinical settings.

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March 30th