Improving knowledge mobilisation in healthcare: A qualitative exploration of creative co-design methods

Grindell, Cheryl, Sanders, Tom, Bec, Remi, Tod, Angela Mary and Wolstenholme, Daniel (2022) Improving knowledge mobilisation in healthcare: A qualitative exploration of creative co-design methods. Evidence and Policy, 18 (2). pp. 265-290. ISSN 1744-2648

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1332/174426421X16436512504633

Abstract

Background: Co-production, co-creation and co-design are increasingly used in healthcare research knowledge mobilisation. These methods have grown in popularity and the broad range of approaches are often used without any formal evaluation. The challenges to using these approaches are well reported yet there is little evidence on how to overcome them or how they work. This study evaluates ‘creative co-design’ a design led, solutions focused process developed specifically as a means to mobilise knowledge in healthcare.
Aims and Objectives: To investigate the impact of creative co-design on the knowledge mobilisation process. To understand how it impacts on the application of research knowledge in routine clinical practice.
Methods: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 20 participants from 14 projects. Data were analysed using the Framework approach. A workshop involving the first 10 participants was held prior to the final interviews and analysis.
Findings: The findings indicate that creative co-design successfully facilitates knowledge mobilisation in healthcare. This is represented by 3 inter-connected themes; creative and visual, design led, and creating the right conditions.
Discussion: The themes highlight how the approach supports engagement and creates a safe space for knowledge sharing and synthesis in a non-hierarchical environment. Wepropose that these interconnected mechanisms are the basis of a mid-range theory for how creative methods enhance knowledge mobilisation.
Conclusions: This study contributes important insights into how creative co-design can mobilise knowledge in healthcare. Further evaluation is warranted to help it develop into a recognised and effective method for research implementation and service improvement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The research was funded by the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber (www.clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Co-production, Creative co-design, Knowledge mobilisation, health
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2022 16:05
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 08:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48306

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