The “17 year gap”: its origin, evolution and relevancy

April 22, 2022


Alison Hoens - Knowledge Broker, Clinical Professor, and Research Associate at UBC, Arthritis Research Canada, CHEOS
Gayle Scarrow - Director of Knowledge Translation at Michael Smith Health Research BC

This session will explore some key concepts of the literature related to the frequently cited “17-year gap between research discovery and implementation”. Gayle Scarrow and Alison Hoens will highlight their learnings from the methods and messages derived from a selection of the literature and invite participants’ perspectives on the interpretation and implications of this literature.

Learning Objectives: 

  • to have an understanding of how “the 17-year gap” was calculated
  • to have an understanding of literature since the publication of the “17-year gap”
  • to appreciate nuances in the literature which influence interpretation of, and implications of, literature related to “the gap”.



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