Journal article

Conceptual challenges in the translation of research into practice: it's not just a matter of "communication"

David Young, Ron Borland

Translational Behavioral Medicine | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2011


This paper identifies key barriers to the translation of science into practice and policy and makes recommendations for addressing them. It focuses on the challenges of translation within the field of tobacco control, but we argue that the insights are widely generalisable. Actor-Network Theory is used to frame an analysis, supplemented by focussed discussions with international tobacco control practitioners (service delivery and advocacy) and researchers. The central challenge to translation is that researchers and practitioners have different "practical ontologies". Researchers use findings from specific contexts to generalise to universal principles, while practitioners try to use these g..

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Awarded by Developmental Research Grant from the Roswell Park TTURC - US National Institutes of Health


Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the Inaugural Sally Birch Fellowship in Cancer Control, offered under the auspices of The Cancer Council Australia, and by a Developmental Research Grant from the Roswell Park TTURC funded by The US National Institutes of Health Contract P50 CA111236-04(PP-2).