Promoting Knowledge Transfer in Palliative Care using an Innovative Evidence-based Model

W.George Kernohan, Suzanne Guerin

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Background/aims: Evidence-based practice requires the effective transfer of knowledge between research, policy and practice. Traditional methods of dissemination such as peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, while still common, are just two of a wide range of methods that can be used to maximise the impact of research.
Methods: In this paper we reflect on the development and use of EMTReK, the Evidence-based Model for the Transfer and exchange of Research Knowledge, in palliative care and wider health research. Developed through the use of systematic review and case study methods, the six core components of the model and the underlying operational elements have been designed to support researchers to use more innovative dissemination techniques as part of a formal knowledge transfer plan.
Findings: EMTReK has been applied in a number of contexts, both in Ireland and in international research projects. Working with the All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC), we have delivered workshops across the island of Ireland which have been attended by researchers and practitioners. The workshops support attendees to work though the EMTReK components and develop a dissemination plan. Research teams applying the model focus on the development of communication plans, including recruitment of participants, engagement with stakeholders and gatekeepers, and sharing of findings through multiple channels. Drawing on the lessons from these workshops, colleagues in the AIIHPC have developed an online module to support the development of dissemination skills. Conclusions: EMTReK brings together the common elements of effective knowledge transfer and exchange described and discussed in the research literature. This innovative model presents these components in an accessible format, which can be used to guide the process of planning and decision making in this area. Further information is available at
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2021 (THEconf2021)
Subtitle of host publication'Transforming healthcare in a changing world: new ways of thinking and working'
Place of PublicationDublin
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 Mar 2021


  • knowledge exchange


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