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Knowledge Brokering with Injured Workers: Perspectives of Injured Worker Groups and Health Care Professionals
Work
  • Lynn Shaw, The University of Western Ontario
  • Joy McDermid, McMaster University
  • Anita Kothari, The University of Western Ontario
  • Rob Lindsay
  • Phil Brake
  • Peter Page
  • Colin Argyle
  • Crystal Gagnon, The University of Western Ontario
  • Melissa Knott, The University of Western Ontario
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
URL with Digital Object Identifier
http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/WOR-2010-1010
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Abstract
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to understand the barriers and facilitators in brokering knowledge brokering knowledge to help injured workers make informed decisions about recovery and to support their transitions to return to work (RTW). PARTICIPANTS: Perceptions of 63 Injured Worker Groups (IWGs) and 43 Health Care Professionals (HCPs) in facilitating and brokering knowledge were examined. METHODS: Critical theory and participatory action research approaches informed the development of a multi-stakeholder research team and the study design to support an exploration into knowledge exchange and transfer. Data was analyzed using a critical occupational perspective to reveal the source of barriers and to identify the facilitators of the knowledge exchange and transfer process. RESULTS: Barriers in transferring knowledge included system barriers, a lack of information accessibility, and problems with variations in injured worker capacity and experience using information. IWG and HCP participants lacked expertise in knowledge transfer. Findings also revealed the interactive knowledge transfer processes that IWGs and HCPs use to help injured workers understand and use information. CONCLUSIONS: Change is required to improve knowledge exchange and transfer of information for and to persons with injuries and disabilities. Suggested changes include the development of a sustainable knowledge transfer community of practice, a best practice guide for knowledge brokers such as IWGs and HCPs, and a process for ongoing assessment and evaluation of injured worker information needs and preferences.
Citation Information
Lynn Shaw, Joy McDermid, Anita Kothari, Rob Lindsay, et al.. "Knowledge Brokering with Injured Workers: Perspectives of Injured Worker Groups and Health Care Professionals" Work Vol. 36 Iss. 1 (2010) p. 89 - 101
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/drlynn/5/