The clinician-researcher lives between the two worlds of research and patient care, serving as a bridge between these two entities. The increasing demand for patient-oriented research that is clinically relevant to both patients and clinicians has heightened the need for knowledge brokers. The past 10-15 years have yielded much discussion around defining the role of the knowledge broker and strategies utilized to implement evidence into clinical practice. However, the lived experience of conducting clinical research as a knowledge broker, from research creation to results dissemination and implementation, has received less attention. In particular, this symposia will focus on the narrative of three Physical Therapists, who serve as knowledge brokers, at two distinct patient care settings. The utilization of a knowledge broker program has been instrumental in the researchers’ narratives, and this will also be discussed.
Describe the importance of clinician-researchers in clinical practice and facilitators/barriers to clinical research
Describe how knowledge broker programs facilitate clinical research and demonstrate knowledge broker domains that lead to effective knowledge translation of clinical research
List one strategy utilized by the clinician-researchers to conduct clinical research
List one strategy utilized by the clinician-researchers to implement findings of clinical research into practice.