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Implementing new ways of working in physiotherapy practice to optimise outcomes

24 months
Approved budget:
Professor Nicola Kayes
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
Research takes one-to-two decades to find its way into practice. As such, people do not always receive best-evidenced care, and in some cases, may receive contraindicated care or treatment they do not need. This has given rise to a field of research known as implementation science, which aims to promote uptake of research findings, and in doing so, improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare. This mixed methods study will explore the potential for an active, multicomponent knowledge translation intervention (interactive workshop with extended scope knowledge brokerage) to facilitate new ways of working and optimise health outcomes. To examine this approach, we will apply it to a long-standing knowledge transfer problem: changing practice to enhance adherence in an outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy setting. The findings of this research will inform the development of effective strategies for more timely and efficient knowledge transfer to optimise outcomes in the New Zealand context.