Knowledge translation in Iranian universities: Need for serious interventions

Gholami, J. and Ahghari, S. and Motevalian, A. and Yousefinejad, V. and Moradi, G. and Keshtkar, A. and Alami, A. and Mazloomzadeh, S. and Vakili, M.M. and Chaman, R. and Salehi, B. and Fazelzadeh, O. and Majdzadeh, R. (2013) Knowledge translation in Iranian universities: Need for serious interventions. Health Research Policy and Systems, 11 (1).


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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. © 2013 Gholami et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: article; clinical assessment tool; health care policy; human; knowledge; knowledge translation; medical research; medicine; organization; qualitative analysis; quantitative analysis; self evaluation; university, Health Policy; Health Services Needs and Demand; Humans; Iran; Policy Making; Translational Medical Research; Universities
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions
Depositing User: somayeh pourmorteza
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 13:08
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:08

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