Purpose: Knowledge translation (KT) in the health system is critical for the delivery of evidence-based practice. Supporting allied health professionals to plan and implement KT, using strategies that broadly reach across multiple geographical locations of the workforce, are needed. We piloted KT group telementoring via videoconference as an innovative solution to support and empower a vastly dispersed workforce.
Methods: The 6-month Knowledge Translation Support Service (KTSS) involved monthly, one-hour, virtual group-based support of clinician-led KT projects within state-run hospital and health services. Supported by an independent facilitator, a panel of KT experts and health service leaders provided constructive critique and KT support for four projects from various disciplines (dietetics, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work) and health districts. Process evaluation included an assessment of program fidelity, dose delivered and engagement. Program acceptability (participants and panel members) was assessed after each session through online surveys. Effectiveness was captured by survey of KT confidence and qualitative interviews of participants perceived benefits of participation.
Results: All project leads attended each meeting, with 1-2 specific projects discussed each month. On completion, participants reported high program satisfaction and felt that the KTSS met their expectations and learning needs. Overall the participants described beneficial gains with confidence in KT skills.
Conclusions: The telementoring offered exposure to a breadth of expertise not normally accessible, successfully built a team environment in the virtual space and had a positive impact on project progression. Future directions include investing in scalability and sustainability of telementoring strategies for KT support.
Participants (and their supporting managers), panel members and facilitators who volunteered time to the Allied Health – Translating Research into Practice (AH-TRIP) Implementation Support pilot program. Metro South HHS Executive Planning and Innovation Committee (EPIC) and Allied Health Professionals Office of Queensland (AHPOQ) for providing seed funding for this initiative. Members of the AH-TRIP Steering committee and working groups.
Hickman IJ, Cameron AE, McRae P, Wilkinson SA, O'Brien M, Kozica-Olenski S, et al. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Pilot Knowledge Translation Telementoring Program for Allied Health Professionals. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2021 Oct 06;19(4), Article 17.