T2/T3 Top-Down Research
DEFINING KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION IN
The T2/T3 research program in knowledge translation in cancer
has commenced with the flagship project 'Defining Knowledge
Translation in Cancer'. This program is being led by the Evidence into
Practice T2/T3 Working Group as Chief Investigators and
has been approved and funded by the Sydney
Catalyst Governing Council (i.e. 'top down'
The Defining Knowledge Translation in Cancer Flagship program is
using an implementation science framework (Knowledge to Action
Cycle) to inform knowledge translation activities in cancer.
Over the past three years, the framework has been applied and
refined for a program of work in lung cancer.
The T2/T3 Flagship Project Team has focused on:
- Conducting a review of relevant theories, models, and
frameworks that inform knowledge translation is being undertaken to
draw upon the published knowledge base addressing the
implementation of evidence into practice.
- Selecting an implementation framework.
- Conducting a scoping review of the evidence-practice gaps in
lung cancer care to identify where these gaps are likely to
occur within Sydney Catalyst member
groups. This scoping review focused on Australian patterns of
care and health service utilisation studies, along with
quantitative analysis of existing datasets held
by Sydney Catalyst members to identify
and quantify specific, local evidence practice gaps.
- Priority setting with key lung cancer stakeholders (lung cancer
multidisciplinary teams). Three workshops were held to determine
priority areas for implementing interventions at three
- Process mapping lung cancer pathways for the three clinical
services, conducting qualitative interviews with lung cancer
patients and general practitioners, and a medical record
- Work is about to commence on a pilot implementation project in
lung cancer, focused on improving general practitioner's referral
practices to secondary care specialists.
- The program is being led by Professor Tim Shaw and is a 'top
down' research initiative funded by Sydney Catalyst in
the T2/T3 research area .
The Flagship program involves input from the following
- Prof Tim Shaw, Director of Research in Implementation Science
and eHealth, Faculty of Health Sciences, Chair T2/T3 Working
- Dr Nicole Rankin, Sydney Catalyst
Translational Research Fellow;
- Prof Jane Young, Professor in Cancer Epidemiology, Sydney
School of Public Health;
- Prof Phyllis Butow, Co-Director CeMPED & Chair PoCoG,
School of Psychology;
- Prof Sallie Pearson, Head of Medicines Policy Research
Unit, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New
- Prof Kate White, Cancer Nursing (Chair), Sydney Nursing
- Prof Jane Phillips, Professor of Palliative Nursing, University
of Technology, Sydney
- Prof Lyndal Trevena, Professor of Primary Health Care,
University of Sydney
- A/Prof Philip Beale, Clinical Director of Cancer Services,
Sydney Local Health District b)
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