Knowledge Translation defines the interactions between researchers, health services and patients to expedite the implementation of research findings into practice, to strengthen health services and to improve patient outcomes.
It is about bridging the gap between evidence based research (what we know) and its use and implementation by health services (what we do).
The Knowledge Translation Unit has developed, rigorously tested and implemented at provincial and national scale six programmes that have helped to standardise and integrate healthcare delivered at primary level. At the core of these programmes are clinical practice guidelines that are evidenced-based, aligned with policy and regularly updated, and that use an evidence-based implementation strategy called educational outreach.
6 clinical guidelines
160 000 copies distributed
20 000 healthcare workers trained in 1926 South African primary care facilities
4 pragmatic randomised controlled trials show improvements in health outcomes
800 nursing and medical students trained