Experiences of knowledge translation among researchers in transfusion medicine: Findings from an international survey study

Amanda Thijsen, Anna Williamson, Tanya E. Davison, Barbara Masser

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Abstract

Background: Translation of research knowledge is critical to ensure transfusion medicine policies and practices reflect current evidence and so effectively support the health of blood donors and recipients, as well as ensuring ongoing blood supply. The aim of this study was to investigate the barriers and facilitators of knowledge translation (KT) among transfusion medicine researchers and determine what KT supports are needed. Study Design and Methods: An anonymous, cross-sectional survey was distributed by emailing corresponding authors of papers in four major blood journals, emailing grant recipients in the area of transfusion medicine, posting on social media, and through an international blood operator network. Results: The final sample included 105 researchers. Participants had a positive orientation toward KT, with few perceiving KT as not relevant to their research or beneficial for their careers. However, many reported facing difficulties practicing KT due to time constraints, competing priorities, or lack of funds or resources. Fostering relationships with stakeholders was seen as a key facilitator of KT but a number of researchers expressed difficulties engaging and communicating with them. Collaboration opportunities, protected time for KT, and access to KT resources were some of the supports researchers felt were required to help their KT efforts. Conclusion: To minimize the knowledge to practice gap in transfusion medicine and ensure findings from research lead to improved outcomes, organizations need to support researchers in their KT efforts and facilitate interactions between researchers and research end-users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1463-1471
Number of pages9
JournalTransfusion
Volume63
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

Keywords

  • blood
  • dissemination
  • knowledge mobilization
  • knowledge translation
  • research translation
  • researchers
  • transfusion medicine

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