The gap between available knowledge and its use in clinical psychiatry

Povl Munk-Jørgensen, C Blanner Kristiansen, R Uwawke, J I Larsen, N Okkels, B Christiansen, P Hjorth

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OBJECTIVE: The time span between knowledge becoming available and its integration into daily clinical routine is lengthy. This phenomenon is explored in this study.

METHOD: We used the outcomes of our activities for investigating and strengthening the research-based activities to improve physical health in the routines of clinical psychiatric wards as examples for our analyses.

RESULTS: The time span between new knowledge becoming available and its implementation into general clinical treatment is very long. However, a shortening of this time span is seen through active leadership backup and clinical research experience among psychiatrists and staff in the wards. In particular, the involvement of medical students interested in clinical research activities seems to have a positive impact.

CONCLUSION: Academia needs to be re-implemented into clinical psychiatry. Staff with research experience is needed in all professions to increase evidence-based practice. Leaders must take responsibility for implementing new knowledge into the routines of the department and must support staff in these activities on a daily basis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)441-450
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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