Knowledge translation in Iranian universities: need for serious interventions

Gholami, Jaleh and Ahghari, Sharareh and Motevalian, Abbas and Yousefinejad, Vahid and Moradi, Ghobad and Keshtkar, Abbasali and Alami, Ali and Mazloomzadeh, Saeideh and Vakili, Mohammad Masoud and Chaman, Reza (2013) Knowledge translation in Iranian universities: need for serious interventions. Health research policy and systems, 11 (1). p. 43.

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Abstract

Background The aim of this study was to assess the status of knowledge translation (KT) in Iranian medical science universities in order to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the most important organizations responsible for producing knowledge in the country. Methods The KT activities were assessed qualitatively and quantitatively in nine universities using the Self-Assessment Tool for Research Institutes. Results The strengths and weaknesses of universities were determined using seven main themes: priority setting; research quality and timeliness; researchers’ KT capacities; interaction with research users; the facilities and prerequisites of KT; the processes and regulations supporting KT; and promoting and evaluating the use of evidence. The quantitative and qualitative results showed that the Iranian universities did not have an appropriate context for KT. There were significant shortcomings in supportive regulations, facilities for KT activities, and the level of interaction between the researchers and research users. Conclusions The shortcomings in KT were mostly in the area of stewardship and policymaking (macro level), followed by planning and implementation at the universities. In order to strengthen KT in Iran, it should occupy a prominent and focused role in the strategies of the country’s health research system.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email eprints@gmu.ac.ir
Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 07:09
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 07:09
URI: http://eprints.gmu.ac.ir/id/eprint/205

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