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Bridging patient-practitioner research boundaries

To identify how, when and in what context patient-practitioners-researcher boundaries have been crossed in knowledge mobilisation activity, and explain what works or could work better.

Bridging patient and nurse divide

Researchers

Research background

Improving patient outcomes, satisfaction and quality of care is increasingly reliant on shared decision-making between health professionals and patients. Knowledge mobilization, at its simplest: “moving knowledge to where it can be most useful” is a growing field of academic study. To date, it appears that much effort has focused on moving knowledge from researchers to healthcare practitioners. Knowledge mobilization to patients is currently under-researched.

Research aims

To identify how, when and in what context patient-practitioners-researcher boundaries have been crossed in knowledge mobilisation activity, and explain what works or could work better.

How was the research carried out?

Methods of integrative review will be used to address the review problem. PRISMA guidelines were used as a general framework to guide structuring and reporting the review. Elements of method-specific reporting guidelines for specific streams of evidence will be used as required.

Intended outcomes

This review will aim to provide a broad and deep understanding of patient–practitioner–researcher engagement in knowledge mobilization activity. This synthesis of the extant literature should offer insights into the optimum characteristics of methods for bridging patient–practitioner–researcher boundaries in knowledge mobilization action.