Knowledge Translation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is knowledge translation?
Knowledge translation is a standardized yet adaptable process that can help identify and bridge gaps between medical research and clinical practice.
Who initiated this effort?
DCoE and the Defense Health Agency worked with other offices to standardize knowledge translation across the Military Health System (MHS).
Why did DCoE create a standardized knowledge translation model for the MHS?
It takes more than a decade before a medical breakthrough is accepted and practiced in a hospital or clinic – far too long a time to wait if you’re a service member, veteran or family member. DCoE created a knowledge translation model with the goal of moving research into practice at a faster pace.
How did DCoE build its knowledge translation model?
The evidence-based knowledge translation model DCoE developed for MHS required extensive research of successful applications and best practices from various organizations. DCoE conducted this research with consideration for the unique, complex and global missions of the MHS.
When will the knowledge translation model be implemented?
We owe it to our service members, veterans and their families to implement knowledge translation across the MHS as soon as possible.
How long will the knowledge translation process take to execute?
Timelines vary depending upon several factors. However, by studying the whole knowledge translation lifecycle, we can identify ways to reduce the time from research discovery to clinical practice.
What types of projects should use the knowledge translation process?

The MHS knowledge translation process is useful for any project that impacts the standard of care for patients.

Examples of knowledge solutions that may benefit from incorporation of the MHS model include trainings, clinical recommendations, clinical decision support tools and policies, or treatment protocols.

Who can I contact for more information about the MHS knowledge translation model?
Contact DCoE via phone at 301-295-3257 or by email.
This page was last updated on: September 18, 2017.