When implementing innovative diagnostics or novel therapeutics in medicine, the modern process of knowledge transfer can be described in a stepwise progression from (1) knowledge creation, to (2) diffusion and dissemination, and finally (3) organisational adoption and implementation. We can observe how such processes have contributed to the STI testing and treatment guidelines that we use currently.
As clinicians we strive to keep abreast of developments in our field that enable us to deliver the best quality management to our patients. The experience and intuition of an individual clinician is valuable, but all our practises should be subject to rigorous evaluation to ensure they are safe and effective. Without such processes, different and conflicting practises can persist, examples of which will be discussed. The need to implement evidence-based best practise has become widely accepted; however, this can still be hampered by financial constraints as well as the unavailability of specific resources locally. In addition, there is often a lag time in our ability to adopt new tests or treatments due to the need to adhere to local or national guidelines or a lack of evidence such as randomised controlled trials that drive changes in practise.
This symposium allows us to examine the most effective ways of getting research into practise and this session will focus on the clinician’s viewpoint. Many knowledge gaps remain where further work is needed to better guide STI testing and treatment. More consideration is needed as to how new information is best disseminated to enable our patients to benefit most promptly from implementation of new information.
- evidence based practice
- genitourinary medicine
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