The conditions that influence the use of knowledge obtained from research in complex social interventions involving public health: a scoping study

In recent years, substantial efforts have been deployed to make knowledge obtained from research (RK) useful to the practice and decision-making communities. Special attention has been paid to the process of knowledge transfer, by which research results are transformed in a way that makes them usable. We now have studies that allow identifying the individual and contextual conditions that are likely to influence the use of knowledge obtained from research. In the area of complex social interventions involving public health, the study of these conditions still presents little evidence. It is now relevant to collect them in order to catalogue what has been studied and how it was studied. This project is intended to list all the empirical studies of this subject using to a systematic, exploratory and qualitative methodology called a scoping study (Arksey & O’Malley, 2005). The objectives targeted are:

1) examine the extent and nature of research on the conditions that influence the use of RK on complex social interventions in public health;

2) describe the areas of intervention most studied; and

3) determine the scientific quality of the studies listed, in order to propose avenues for future research. 

 

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