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J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2008 Fall;28(4):270-7. doi: 10.1002/chp.193.

Knowledge translation for research utilization: design of a knowledge translation model at Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

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  • 1School of Public Health, Center for Academic and Health Policy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



The present study aimed to generate a model that would provide a conceptual framework for linking disparate components of knowledge translation. A theoretical model of such would enable the organization and evaluation of attempts to analyze current conditions and to design interventions on the transfer and utilization of research knowledge.


This research, performed in 2006-2007 at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), utilized two distinct methodologies: a narrative review to identify existing knowledge transfer models and frameworks and focus group discussions to determine the views and opinions of researchers and decision makers regarding barriers to knowledge translation within the health system.


A knowledge translation cycle is described, with five domains: knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, research utilization, question transfer, and the context of organization.


The knowledge translation cycle offers a theoretical basis for identifying basic requirements and linking mechanisms in the translation of knowledge for research utilization.

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