Understanding context in knowledge translation: a concept analysis study protocol Journal Articles uri icon

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  • AbstractAimTo conduct a concept analysis of clinical practice contexts (work environments) that facilitate or militate against the uptake of research evidence by healthcare professionals in clinical practice. This will involve developing a clear definition of context by describing its features, domains and defining characteristics.BackgroundThe context where clinical care is delivered influences that care. While research shows that context is important to knowledge translation (implementation), we lack conceptual clarity on what is context, which contextual factors probably modify the effect of knowledge translation interventions (and hence should be considered when designing interventions) and which contextual factors themselves could be targeted as part of a knowledge translation intervention (context modification).DesignConcept analysis.MethodsThe Walker and Avant concept analysis method, comprised of eight systematic steps, will be used: (1) concept selection; (2) determination of aims; (3) identification of uses of context; (4) determination of defining attributes of context; (5) identification/construction of a model case of context; (6) identification/construction of additional cases of context; (7) identification/construction of antecedents and consequences of context; and (8) definition of empirical referents of context. This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (January 2014).DiscussionThis study will result in a much needed framework of context for knowledge translation, which identifies specific elements that, if assessed and used to tailor knowledge translation activities, will result in increased research use by nurses and other healthcare professionals in clinical practice, ultimately leading to better patient care.


  • Squires, Janet E
  • Graham, Ian D
  • Hutchinson, Alison M
  • Linklater, Stefanie
  • Brehaut, Jamie C
  • Curran, Janet
  • Ivers, Noah
  • Lavis, John
  • Michie, Susan
  • Sales, Anne E
  • Fiander, Michelle
  • Fenton, Shannon
  • Noseworthy, Thomas
  • Vine, Jocelyn
  • Grimshaw, Jeremy M

publication date

  • May 2015