Int J Public Health: What research tells us about knowledge transfer strategies to improve public health in low-income countries

CITATION: What research tells us about knowledge transfer strategies to improve public health in low-income countries: a scoping review

by Stéphanie Siron, Christian Dagenais, Valéry Ridde

International Journal of Public Health -First online: 23 August 2015

http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs00038-015-0716-5.pdf

Contact: S. Siron. e-mail: stephanie.siron@umontreal.ca

‘This study describes the current state of research on knowledge transfer strategies to improve public health in low-income countries, to identify the knowledge gaps on this topic. The review provides specific elements for understanding the transfer processes in low-income countries and highlights the need for systematic evaluation of the conditions for research results utilization.’

ABSTRACT

Objectives: This study describes the current state of research on knowledge transfer strategies to improve public health in low-income countries, to identify the knowledge gaps on this topic.

Methods: In this scoping review, a descriptive and systematic process was used to analyse, for each article retained, descriptions of research context and methods,

Results: 28 articles were analysed. They dealt with the evaluation of transfer strategies that employed multiple activities, mostly targeting health professionals and women with very young children. Most often these studies used quantitative designs and measurements of instrumental use with some methodological shortcomings. Results were positive and suggested recommendations for improving professional practices, knowledge and health-related behaviours. The review highlights the great diversity of transfer strategies used, strategies and many conditions for knowledge use.

Conclusions: The review provides specific elements for understanding the transfer processes in low-income countries and highlights the need for systematic evaluation of the conditions for research results utilization.

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