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What is KT+?
Knowledge Translation+ (KT+) is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and is provided by the Health Information Research Unit at McMaster University.

KT+ provides access to the current evidence on knowledge translation including articles on quality improvement, continuing medical education, computerized clinical decision support, health services research and patient adherence. Its purpose is to inform those working in the knowledge translation area of current research as it is published
How are the articles chosen for inclusion in KT+?
1. Research staff evaluate original and review articles in over 120 journals (including the Cochrane Library) and select articles that are relevant to knowledge translation in the areas of quality improvement, continuing medical education, computerized clinical decision support, health services research and patient adherence.

All citations are pre-rated for quality by research staff at McMaster University. The articles are assessed on whether they meet criteria for applicability in the clinical setting and then for the rigour of their methods. The criteria are based on the purpose of the research.

Articles are identified in KT+ according to whether the study methods were sufficiently rigorous. Articles that fit one or more purpose categories and are methodologically sound are classed as ready for clinical attention and are sent for rating by practicing clinicians. All articles are then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing health professionals. (Quality-filtered KT Articles, indicated by blue).

2. Articles are also identified from other sources (i.e., the included studies of KT systematic reviews). These articles are not quality filtered for clinical readiness but have relevant KT content in the area of quality improvement, continuing medical education, computerized clinical decision support, health services research and patient adherence. These papers are not rated by the panel of health professionals (Non-filtered KT Articles, indicated by black).

What are the criteria for exclusion of articles from KT +?
  • editorials, opinion pieces, letters
  • case reports
  • cost assessments
  • basic research, animal studies, and studies with human materials not directly linked to individual human subjects.
What are the features of KT+?
Ratings of Quality-filtered KT Articles (those that meet criteria for purpose and methodological rigour) for clinical relevance and newsworthiness by at least 3 practitionerswith an interest in KT.

Email alerts about new Quality-filtered KT Articles, adjusted to the users preset levels of relevance, newsworthiness, and frequency. Each alert includes clinical ratings and comments, and electronic links to the articles abstract on PubMed (if available) and to the full-text article on PubMed or the publishers site (if available for free).

A cumulative, continuously updated searchable bibliographic database for Quality-filtered KT Articles and associated ratings and Non-filtered KTArticles identified from other sources.

A link to
EvidenceAlerts, a service from the BMJ Group and McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit that provides access to current best evidence from research, tailored to the users health care interests, to support evidence-based clinical decisions.

Links to related resources and tools
The information contained in KT + is intended for health professionals and is provided on an as is basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied.

KT+ provides an educational service for practicing clinicians and researchers and others interested in current evidence on knowledge translation, designed to alert them to important new research; however, we cannot warrant its accuracy. The quality filtered KT articles are intended to support evidence-based decision making by providing links to published research reports about quality improvement, continuing medical education, computerized clinical decision support, health services research and patient adherence. However, evidence does not make decisions2, and clinicians making decisions about the care of their patients must take into account the limitations of evidence from research as well as the unique nature of their patients circumstances and wishes. The research portion is intended to support research that will lead to clinical advancements. Readers should be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions about the interpretation of evidence from research. Because of this fact and also because of regular advances in medical research, we strongly recommend that readers independently verify any information they choose to rely on. Ultimately it is the readers responsibility to make their own professional judgments.

KT+ attempts to provide access to the best new KT research of relevance for clinical practice and research. It does not report all research but uses explicit criteria to define a subset of published research, first, that is likely to be valid and ready for clinical attention in these disciplines, and second, articles identified from other sources. For the quality filtered KT articles, practitioners with an interest in KT then provide their assessments of the relevance and newsworthiness of the reports through an online review process, the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE). Individual clinicians who then receive these reviews must apply their own judgment concerning the strength and applicability of this evidence to their own patients.

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2Haynes RB, Devereaux PJ, Guyatt GH. Clinical expertise in the era of evidence-based medicine and patient choice [editorial]. ACP Journal Club. 2002;136:A11-3.