Translational networks: a qualitative study of science-clinic knowledge practices

Project: Research

Project Details


How does a hospital or department with a very limited prior research tradition conduct scientific research? What is the value and benefit of investment in non-commercial research in settings where focus is on everyday patient treatment and care is? How does scientific research fit into the clinic and what role can it play?

A range of initiatives joined under headings such as Translational Research, Academic-Health Science Partnerships, and Mode 2 Research seek to answer these very questions, and to close an alleged gap between scientific research and clinical work. These initiatives seek to better integrate scientific knowledge with clinical knowledge in order to benefit and extend both. The backdrop of these initiatives is an increased research policy attention towards research impact and the value of public research investments that likewise seek to move health care research closer to patients, clinics and measurable health care outcomes.

This study entitled “Translational networks” examines the interplay of scientific practice and clinical practice suggesting that empirical studies of the actual practices and activities through which scientific knowledge translates and transforms can provide new insights into the question of research value and knowledge translation in a health care setting. A large body of literature discusses a gap between science and clinic, how effective relationships between the two can be modelled, how the gap can be bridged, or how knowledge can be packaged and transferred most effectively. Few studies focus on the actual daily science-clinic interplays and networks as a significant phenomenon the empirical exploration of which might contribute important knowledge and new insights.
Effective start/end date01/08/201730/06/2020

Research Output

Everyday characterizations of translational research: Researchers’ own use of terminology and models in medical research and practice

Strand, D. L., 4 Jun 2020, In : Palgrave Communications. 6, 10 p., 110.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Open Access

Situational analysis and situational mapping of two translational research networks in Region Zealand

Strand, D. L., 18 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterResearchpeer-review

The Art of Plate Spinning: a Study of Clinician-scientists’ Translational Work Practices in a Danish Hospital Setting

Strand, D. L., 12 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterResearchpeer-review