The purpose of Knowledge Translation is to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of an evidence based intervention tailored to promote clinical use of consistent and timely approaches to intravenous catheter management. There is no easy way to changing professional practice, and the effectiveness of change strategies is context dependant. Improving implementation of evidence-based practice may be conservative and focus on standardising and regulating clinical practices according to specific criteria of adequacy and concentrating on maintaining this to where it becomes normal practice.
The primary outcomes from Knowledge Translation studies are to identify the barriers and facilitators to knowledge implementation and use of evidence-based IV catheter care practice, and determine the feasibility and acceptability of the implementation interventions. AVATAR has a vibrant research culture and has access to excellent support facilities such as statisticians, methodologists, research training programs and a strong peer group of senior researchers. It uses sophisticated methods to measure the feasibility and acceptability of implementing evidence-based IV catheter care interventions. Scientific approaches are used to achieve individual and organisational engagement and occurs at strategic (executive), operational (clinical) and healthcare consumer levels.