Evidence transfer: ensuring end users are aware of, have access to, and understand the evidence

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Abstract

The Joanna Briggs Institute Model of evidence-based healthcare (EBHC) states that the main phases of EBHC include evidence synthesis, transfer, and implementation. There has been some confusion regarding the term ‘evidence transfer’, with this term previously being considered by many as synonymous with knowledge or evidence translation. The aim of this paper is to discuss a proposed definition of evidence transfer and the pivotal role it plays as part of the EBHC process. ‘Evidence transfer’ can be thought of simply as getting the message (evidence) across and at its core it is all about information delivery. We specifically define evidence transfer as a process that helps communicate or convey the results of research or evidence, or brings evidence to the forefront. It is focused on ensuring people are aware of, have access to and understand evidence.

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