The International Neurological Physical Therapy Association (INPA) emphasised the importance of knowledge translation in research at a congress discussion.
The session, led by specialist neurological physiotherapist Ralph Hammond, heard that making practical sense of research is an issue for all physical therapists but the “research explosion” in neurological rehabilitation risked overwhelming clinicians entirely.
Professor Mindy Levin of McGill University highlighted work taking place in Montreal, where a network of rehabilitation researchers includes dedicated knowledge translation brokers who maintain a dialogue between researchers and clinicians.
“It takes people,” she says. “It takes a whole village to do good research and to create the dialogue.”
Professor McGill also praised the work of the Canadian Institute of Health, which has provided additional funding for knowledge translation components in research projects.