Academic Health Science Centres as vehicles for knowledge mobilisation in Australia? A qualitative study

Edelman, Alexandra, Clay-Willaims, Robyn, Fischer, Michael, Kislov, Roman, Kitson, Alison, McLoughlin, Ian, Skouteris, Helen, and Harvey, Gill (2021) Academic Health Science Centres as vehicles for knowledge mobilisation in Australia? A qualitative study. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: Despite increasing investments in academic health science centres (AHSCs) in Australia and an expectation that they will serve as vehicles for knowledge translation and exchange, there is limited empirical evidence on whether and how they deliver impact. The aim of this study was to examine and compare the early development of four Australian AHSCs to explore how they are enacting their impact-focused role. Methods: A descriptive qualitative methodology was employed across four AHSCs located in diverse health system settings in urban and regional locations across Australia. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews with 15 academic, industry and executive board members of participating AHSCs. The analysis combined inductive and deductive elements, with inductive categories mapped to deductive themes corresponding to the study aims. Results: AHSCs in Australia are in an emergent state of development and are following different pathways. Whilst varied approaches to support research translation are apparent, there is a dominant focus on structure and governance, as opposed to action-oriented roles and processes to deliver strategic goals. Balancing collaboration and competition between partners presents a challenge, as does identifying appropriate ways to evaluate impact. Conclusion: The early stage of development of AHSCs in Australia presents an important opportunity for formative learning and evaluation to optimise their enactment of knowledge mobilisation processes for impact.

Item ID: 65761
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2322-5939
Keywords: Academic Health Centre, Knowledge Mobilisation, Research Translation, Research Impact, Australia
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Copyright Information: © 2020 The Author(s); Published by Kerman University of Medical Sciences. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Funders: University of Adelaide
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2021 01:40
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420399 Health services and systems not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920207 Health Policy Evaluation @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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