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Design, delivery, and evaluation of a knowledge translation intervention for multi-stakeholders Randhawa, Gurprit Kaur; Orach, Juma; Black, Agnes; Chan, Vivienne; Potter, Naomi; Brinkman, Jacqui; Côté, Hélène C. F.; Worfolk, Larry; Knight, Darryl; Leversage, Ivan; et al.


Background: Knowledge translation (KT) is a key competency for trainees (graduate students and post-doctoral fellows), the new generation of researchers who must learn how to synthesize, disseminate, exchange, and ethically apply knowledge to improve patient and health system services, products, and outcomes. KT training is a key enabler to support KT competency development. Yet, there is a dearth of research on the design, delivery, and evaluation of KT training for trainees. Methods: The study applied a QUAN(qual) mixed methods approach with an embedded experimental model design. A heart and lung patient was also recruited to participate as a partner and researcher in the study. A multi-faceted KT intervention for trainees was designed, delivered, and evaluated. Data were collected using surveys and focus groups. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics in R Studio and MS Excel. Qualitative data were analyzed in NVivo using thematic analysis. Results: Participation in each KT intervention varied, with 8–42 participants attending KT webinars, 61 attendees in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Heat, and 31 participants in the Patient & Public Forum. In total, 27 trainees and 4 faculty participated in at least one of the KT webinars. Trainee participants reported satisfaction, as well as statistically significant increases in 10/13 KT competencies after receiving one or more components of the KT intervention. Additionally, participating faculty, patients, and the public were satisfied with the intervention components they participated in. Several challenges and facilitators were also identified to improve the KT intervention. Conclusions: The KT intervention is a promising initiative that can be adopted and adapted across various post-secondary settings to support trainees’ competency development in KT. This evaluation demonstrates that trainees will respond to opportunities for KT training and that capacity for KT competencies can be advanced through a multi-faceted intervention that involves trainees, faculty, patients, and health system collaborators in its design and delivery. This evaluation study contributes the design and results of a novel KT intervention for multi-stakeholders.

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