What is KT?
Knowledge translation (KT) is formally defined by the CIHR as a “dynamic and iterative process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.” The goal of our work is to include and engage parents throughout this process.
Simply put, KT is the process of taking information from reliable, evidence-based research and presenting it into a user-friendly form for everyone to understand.
The settings that deliver health care to children are unique and require input from a wide-range of health professionals. Providing care to children is more difficult because of five reasons:
- Children require more time, effort, and skill from staff caring for them
- Children demand higher emotional investment from health professionals
- Children’s health care needs are very dynamic in nature
- The expectation of family-centred care
- The unique ethical situations encountered in pediatric care
In order to overcome these barriers and make improvements to health care for children, our research focuses on common conditions that affect the largest numbers of children each year.