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ERIC Number: EJ1018488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2168-6653
Communities of Practice: A Knowledge Translation Tool for Rehabilitation Professionals
Bezyak, Jill L.; Ditchman, Nicole; Burke, Jana; Chan, Fong
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v27 n2 p89-103 2013
Increased attention to evidence-based practice (EBP) among rehabilitation professionals closely corresponds to recent interest in knowledge translation, which connects quality research to rehabilitation practice aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities. Despite the importance of knowledge translation for rehabilitation professionals, the concept is often overlooked or misunderstood. This article provides a brief review of knowledge translation to clarify potential misconceptions. In addition, communities of practice (CoPs) are introduced as a specific tool for knowledge translation. An overview of CoPs and guidelines for design, development, and use are reviewed. The flexibility and common ownership of CoPs provide an ideal approach for rehabilitation researchers, practitioners, and consumers to work together to develop knowledge and effective practice guidelines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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