Knowledge Translation to Practice and Policy
Knowledge translation is vital for researcher to translate new knowledge and services into practice to deliver outcomes. Education and training will help us deliver a competent frailty clinical and research workforce.
- Knowledge Translation and the CRE in Frailty
Lead Investigators: Dr. Mandy Archibald, Professor Alison Kitson
Professor Alison Kitson and Dr. Mandy Archibald lead the work around Knowledge Translation (KT) on behalf of the members of the CRE Team. Knowledge Translation methods are used to promote the effective transfer of research findings into practice and policy. The CRE is taking a collaborative, co-design approach to KT, which involves key stakeholders from the start of the centre.
The first activity will be to find out what healthy and frail older adults, health professionals, and the wider community understand about frailty. Of particular interest is whether people see frailty as an inevitable consequence of aging, what is understood about interventions that can slow and reverse the progression of frailty, and what health professionals can and should do to help. An important part of this work is understanding the experiences of frail elders, and using these findings to help inform health care delivery.
There are numerous related projects ongoing within the CRE, and the Knowledge Translation team will be working alongside each project to ensure that stakeholder perspectives are represented, and that the research findings are communicated to improve care. For instance, the KT team will be working alongside Professor Justin Beilby and research fellow Rachael Ambagtsheer on how best to implement a screening pathway to support early risk identification in general practice and to investigate whether this screening tool can be incorporated into existing health assessments.
A wide range of strategies are needed to adequately engage and inform the public, policy makers, and health care professionals about frailty. As such, we will be exploring a range of creative approaches to engaging and communicating with our stakeholders, including using digital media and the arts to represent research findings in new and meaningful ways. By using innovative knowledge translation and co-design approaches, we strive to create ways to ensure the research findings from the CRE projects achieve their greatest impact.
Media Contact: Dr Mandy Archibald
- Medical students’ perceptions of the importance of exercise and their perceived competence in prescribing exercise to older people
Lead Investigators: Ms Agathe Jadczak PhD Candidate, Dr Khai Tam, Assoc Prof Solomon Yu, Professor Renuka Visvanathan
General practitioners play an important role in helping increase awareness as well as encouraging older people to participate in exercise. However, exercise for older people is not a focus of many undergraduate medical curriculums and is poorly taught across medical education programs. It is therefore not surprising that many doctors cite that a lack of formal education courses during medical school is one reason why they might not prescribe exercise. Given our ageing demographic and the benefits of exercise in the elderly, the improvement of our medical teaching program is one critical strategy in building the future capacity of our medical workforce thus equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills that will ultimately result in greater participation in physical activity by our older consumers.
In 2015, we administered pre and post course surveys to our 5th year medical students undertaking our geriatric medicine program. Through these surveys, we were investigating student’s perception about the importance of exercise for older people and their self-reported competency in prescribing exercise to older people. Based on these results, we improved our teaching program and re-evaluating the current course for any improvements to the student experience. We hope that our research will inform medical curriculum development at Universities for the benefit of older consumers. We also hope that our medical students graduate with greater knowledge and skills and as future doctors they are likely to advice older people to participate in physical activity.
Media Contact: Ms Agathe Jadczak