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Networks of practice and knowledge brokers

The Role of Networks in Implementing Health Innovations:

The ethnographic project critically assesses how the implementation of clinical interventions is conditioned by the emergence and sustained management of group unity, emotions and a shared sense of belonging amongst research, clinical and patient actors as they interact within newly formed networks of practice.  It looks across the NIHR CLAHRC EM projects to find the patterns of implementation in relation to social influences. The study identifies interactional patterns across various projects and explores how individuals use their social interactions to implement clinical interventions into routine practice. 

The Role of Knowledge Brokering in Implementing Health Innovations:

This project explores how knowledge is brokered in the implementation strategies and processes employed by the clinical studies within NIHR CLAHRC EM. The ‘CLAHRC 1’ evaluations revealed that research, clinical and patient actors had very different values and expectations that were shaped by different institutional and contextual concerns. The study explores the ways a shared interest around the benefits of the intervention can be achieved. The project looks at how knowledge brokering occurs as an activity involving all project members by primarily using an observational approach. 


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