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Knowledge Translation: What is it, How Will it Help?

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Researchers gather at the annual Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) to share new discoveries from military-unique research. This event is the only meeting that focuses on the specific medical needs of the warfighter. One topic of discussion at this year’s symposium is knowledge translation.

On average, it takes over a decade before medical research is accepted and put into clinical practice at hospitals or clinics – too long a wait for those who need treatment. Knowledge translation can help speed that up. It’s basically a process to take medical research findings and put them into evidenced-based treatments in a more timely and useful way. A successful process is one that is standardized and adaptable.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) and Defense Health Agency are working together with other agencies to standardize knowledge translation processes for the Military Health System (MHS). The overall goal is to ensure service members and veterans continue to have access to the latest and best treatments available.

Before DCoE staff brought a model to MHS leaders, they extensively researched scientific best practices across the knowledge translation field. Then, they developed a process and tested it. The process they designed specifically for MHS consists of five steps:

  1. Needs and Gaps Assessment: What are the gaps in care that we need to bridge?
  2. Strategic Analysis: What are the possible solutions?
  3. Solution Material Development: What materials do we need to implement the solution?
  4. Dissemination: How can we foster support for this solution?
  5. Implementation: How do we integrate the solution to everyday practice?

To learn more about the DCoE knowledge translation model, PDF: download an overview fact sheet today.


Comments (7)

  • RE: Knowledge Translation: What is it, How Will it Help?

    Great article!

    I am encouraged once again that someone in the DCoE may be interested in what can do for the Warfighter in the field.

    Repetitive Behavior Cellular Regression™ (RBCR) is a Q&A sequencing tool that neutralizes the thoughts that trigger PTSD, MST, Suicide Ideation and other repetitive behaviors in Veterans and their families.

    Last year, we submitted a proposal to the Commandant, USMC but was unsuccessful in that we were not aware that the services do not accept unsolicited proposals. In fact, it was discarded right in the mailroom.

    Your Knowledge Translation practice may be the very way for someone to take a look what we have accomplished with combat/noncombat Vets and their families consistently for over 5 years.

    I would like to talk to someone that could receive a copy of that proposal designed specifically for the USMC to consider bringing RBCR into DCoE for a trial.

    Thank you,
    Terry Earthwind Nichols
    Chairman, Evolutionary Healer, LLC
    CAGE Code: 7PA35
    DUNS: 080270475

  • Here at the University of Vermont our VA SSVF program is in the Center for Clinical and Transnational Science. Therefore, we are choir members, but this is the way to go.

    • Thanks for sharing, Theodore!

  • Please recognize professional massage as a valid, helpful and successful practice in treating wounded warriors with PTSD or physical issues involving muscle/limb injuries, back and/or muscle pain, and as a real stress reliever. This would include neck and head massage also. It has been a tremendous help to my son. Please get TRI Care to cover it. Thanks.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Darlene.

  • The problem with the MHS is that it doesn't listen to the patient, it assumes the patient is a brainless robot incapable of knowing it own conditions, or what is normal for them, and that they are incapable of having a medical opinion. If it doesn't know the answer, it calls it what ever it guesses it to be and writes it off. Ask, Ask, Ask the soldier or veteran, and listen to them.

    • Victor, we are sorry to hear that you haven't felt heard within the military health system. Thank you for offering your feedback and we will extend the message to our colleagues.

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