Knowledge mobilisation in bridging patient-practitioner-researcher boundaries: a systematic integrative review

Cowdell, Fiona and Appleby, Ben and Booth, A (2020) Knowledge mobilisation in bridging patient-practitioner-researcher boundaries: a systematic integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing. ISSN 0309-2402

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Aim. To review when, how and in what context knowledge mobilisation (KMb) has crossed patient-practitioner-researcher boundaries.
Background. KMb is essential in contemporary health care, yet little is known about how patients are engaged.
Design. Integrative review.
Data sources. Ten academic databases and grey literature
Review Methods. We followed integrative review methodology to identify publications from 2006-2019 which contributed to understanding of cross boundary KMb. We extracted data using a bespoke spreadsheet and the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) framework. We used meta-summary to organise key findings.
Results. Thirty-three papers collectively provide new insights into ‘when’ and ‘how’ KMb has crossed patient-researcher-practitioner boundaries, and the impact this has achieved. Knowledge is mobilised to improve care, promote health or prevent ill health. Most studies focus on creating or re-shaping knowledge to make it more useful. Knowledge is mobilised in small community groups, in larger networks and intervention studies. Finding the right people to engage in activities is crucial, as activities can be demanding and time-consuming. Devolving power to communities and using local people to move knowledge can be effective. Few studies report definitive outcomes of KMb.
Conclusion. Cross boundary KMb can and does produce new and shared knowledge for health care. Positive outcomes can be achieved using diverse public engagement strategies. KMb process and theory is an emerging discipline, further research is needed on effective cross boundary working and on measuring the impact of KMb.
Impact. This review provides new and nuanced understandings of how KMb theory has been used to bridge patient-researcher-practitioner boundaries. We have assessed ‘how’, ‘when’ and in what context patients, practitioners and researchers have attempted to mobilise knowledge and identified impact. We have developed a knowledge base about good practice and what can and potentially should be avoided in cross boundary KMb.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
7 September 2020Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Integrative review, systematic, knowledge mobilisation, exploring boundaries, patient, researcher, practitioner
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Fiona Cowdell
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 09:36
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:37

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