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Closing the research-practice gap in emergency services organisations

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Owen, C ORCID: 0000-0002-1985-7886, Krusel, N and Bethune, L 2020 , 'Closing the research-practice gap in emergency services organisations' , Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, vol. 24, no. 2 , pp. 103-114 .

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Abstract

The National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) was established in 2000 by the Australian government toimprove health care by closing evidence-practice gaps. Improving emergency care through use of evidenceis a priority area of work for NICS. This article describes the NICS Emergency Care Program and thecurrent application of a ‘‘Community of Practice’’ to support emergency clinicians to implement bestpractices research. This approach combines aspects of evidence implementation science, quality improvement techniques, and knowledge management within a social network model to provide a mechanism forrapid sharing of explicit and tacit knowledge. Through the Community of Practice, the clinical communityguides the priorities for the Emergency Care Program and is actively engaged in the development andimplementation of initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Owen, C and Krusel, N and Bethune, L
Keywords: emergency management, organisational innovation, research utilisation
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies
Publisher: Massey University * School of Psychology
ISSN: 1174-4707
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Copyright the authors 2020. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

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