EMTReK: An Evidence-based Model for Transfer & exchange of Research Knowledge: five case studies in Palliative Care

Catherine Payne, Mary Brown, Suzanne Guerin, W.George Kernohan

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Introduction: Knowledge transfer is recognised as a vital stage in evidence-informed nursing with several models available to guide the process. Although the main components involve identification of messages, stakeholders, processes and contexts; the underpinning models remain largely unrefined and untested; and the processes need to be evaluated.
Objective: We set out to verify the “Evidence-based Model for the Transfer and Exchange of Research Knowledge” (EMTReK) using knowledge created from palliative care research.
Methods: Between January 2016 and May 2017, data was collected from five case studies which used the EMTReK model as a means to transfer knowledge relating to palliative care research, undertaken in Ireland. A qualitative approach was taken with thematic analysis of case documentation, semi-structured interviews and field notes from the case studies.
Results: Qualitative analysis supports the core components of EMTReK as a model of knowledge transfer and exchange in palliative care. Results focused upon identification of messages to be transferred to defined stakeholders through interactive processes that take account of context. Case study findings show how the model was interpreted and operationalised by participants and demonstrate its impact on knowledge transfer and exchange. Eight themes were drawn from the data: Credibility of the Model; Model Accessibility; Applicability to Palliative Care; A Matter of Timing; Positive Role of Facilitation; Required Resources; Enhancing Research Quality; Limitations or Areas for Further Consideration.
Conclusion: The findings indicate that study participants found the EMTReK model components were useful to guide knowledge transfer plans when combined with adequate facilitation and guidance. Further exploration of the model’s utility is warranted.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalSAGE Open
Early online date26 Jul 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jul 2019


  • Evaluation Studies
  • knowledge transfer
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Stakeholder
  • communication

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