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Open Access Using Consciousness-Raising Principles to Inform Modern Knowledge Translation Practices in Women's Health L'application de principes de sensibilisation pour améliorer les pratiques modernes de traduction des connaissances en matière de santé des femmes

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In traditional models of knowledge translation in health care, the "expert" researcher disseminates empirical knowledge in a top-down manner to practitioners. Newer approaches extend our view of who needs to be involved in knowledge translation, what counts as evidence, and how knowledge exchange can be facilitated. Multisectoral participation and processes for collective synthesis of evidence increase the potential for the application of knowledge in practice and policy in ways that are mutually reinforcing and address structural inequities. The author examines the use of feminist consciousness-raising practices in virtual communities of practice as a viable framework for knowledge translation on complex health issues. Using the preliminary findings of a study, she discusses how collective analysis in collaborative processes — which is at the heart of feminist action research — leads to engaged action by participants.

Dans le cadre des modèles traditionnels de traduction des connaissances portant sur les soins de santé, le chercheur « expert » transmet des connaissances empiriques aux praticiens de façon descendante. De nouvelles approches redéfinissent les interlocuteurs qui participent à la traduction des connaissances, le type de preuves acceptées et la façon d'animer le processus de partage des connaissances. La participation multisectorielle et les processus de synthèse collective des données probantes multiplient les possibilités d'application des connaissances dans la pratique et à l'échelle des politiques selon des façons qui favorisent un renforcement mutuel et qui se penchent sur les inégalités structurelles. L'auteure examine l'application de pratiques de sensibilisation féministe dans des communautés de pratique virtuelles, en tant que cadre de travail viable pour la traduction des connaissances portant sur des problématiques de santé complexes. Utilisant les résultats préliminaires d'une étude, elle démontre comment l'application d'une analyse collective dans le cadre d'un processus collaboratif – qui constitue la base de la recherche axée sur l'action féministe – mène les participants à poser des gestes engagés.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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