MSFHR releases full report on KT needs assessment

12 September 2012

A final report on MSFHR’s online survey of knowledge translation training and resource needs is available for download. The report, analyzing more than 1,000 responses from the BC health research community, finds high interest in learning more about KT among producers and users of research evidence, but also identifies gaps and constraints that make KT training challenging.

The majority of the 1,071 participants are health care providers and administrators (48 per cent) and researchers, trainees, and clinician-scientists (30 per cent). Participants are from geographic regions across the province.

Among the report’s key findings:

  • Nearly 80 per cent of respondents are interested in learning more about KT skills. Research producers have higher interest in disseminating results and general KT skills, while users are more interested in the application of research findings and working with researchers during the research process.
  • About 46 per cent of respondents require beginner-level training in KT skills, compared to almost a quarter needing advanced training. Higher numbers of knowledge brokers, researchers, and clinician-scientists require advanced-level training, while health care providers tend to need beginner-level training.
  • Although more than 70 per cent of respondents agree that existing KT support (e.g. training, resources) is interesting, relevant, and of high quality, fewer agree that KT support is accessible (56 per cent), affordable (52 per cent), and of sufficient amount (42 per cent).
  • Time and cost constraints are the biggest barriers to participation in KT training. More respondents have no financial support for travel and course registration fees (55 per cent and 45 per cent). Clinician-scientists, health care providers, and people in rural and remote settings are more likely to report no support for KT training.
  • The biggest challenge to integrating KT into work is time, as mentioned by 75 per cent of respondents. In general, health care providers and administrators rated barriers to KT higher than other professional groups.

Based on the feedback received, MSFHR will undertake a mapping exercise that will: 1) identify existing and potential KT training and resources, and 2) identify gaps and determine how to fill them. Meetings with partner organizations will be initiated to discuss the survey results and to plan a collaborative approach for addressing KT needs. MSFHR will also work to identify local KT trainers interested in sharing their knowledge and skills.