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J Epidemiol Community Health. 2012 Dec;66(12):1187-92. doi: 10.1136/jech-2011-200038. Epub 2012 May 8.

Translating research for evidence-based public health: key concepts and future directions.

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School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.


Applying research to guide evidence-based practice is an ongoing and significant challenge for public health. Developments in the emerging field of 'translation' have focused on different aspects of the problem, resulting in competing frameworks and terminology. In this paper the scope of 'translation' in public health is defined, and four related but conceptually different 'translation processes' that support evidence-based practice are outlined: (1) reviewing the transferability of evidence to new settings, (2) translation research, (3) knowledge translation, and (4) knowledge translation research. Finally, an integrated framework is presented to illustrate the relationship between these domains, and priority areas for further development and empirical research are identified.

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