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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17677

Title: Decreasing the knowledge-to-action gap through research-clinical partnerships in speech-language pathology
Authors: Molfenter, Sonja M.
Ammoury, Anna
Yeates, Erin M.
Steele, Catriona M.
Keywords: knowledge translation
knowledge-to-action
dysphagia
research utilization
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Citation: Molfenter, S. M., Ammoury, A., Yeates, E. M. & Steele, C. M. (2009). Decreasing the knowledge-to-action gap through research-clinical partnerships in speech-language pathology. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 33(2), 82-88. Original article available at http://www.caslpa.ca/english/resources/jslpa.asp
Abstract: A partnership between a Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory (SRRL) team and four clinical speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) was created to address an identifi ed knowledge-toaction(KTA) gap with respect to the use of a novel treatment technique for dysphagia. Clinicians who had previously been educated in the use of surface electromyography(sEMG) biofeedback in swallowing rehabilitation, but who had not adopted this technique in their clinical practice, received hands-on mentorship to facilitate utilization of the treatment technique in question. An action plan was devised following the framework of the KTA process outlined by Graham et al. (2006). Analysis of post-training interview data indicated that the clinicians valued their experience working with the SRRL team. Clinicians reported that support from the SRRL team helped them overcome various barriers, including therapeutic time constraints, difficulty maintaining knowledge of current research literature, and lack of confi dence in implementing new techniques. Overall, a successful KTA process was achieved, benefiting clinicians, patients, and researchers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17677
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