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”.



Upcoming webinar

Dr. Femke Hoekstra


June 28, 2024

Transforming spinal cord injury counselling with open science and integrated knowledge translation

In 2024, KT Connects is focusing on open science — the practice of making scientific inputs, outputs, and processes freely available to all with minimal restrictions. Learn more

Webinar summary

Friday, June 28 

12 – 1 p.m. PST 

Open science practices provide the foundation for transparent and accessible research. Integrated knowledge translation (IKT) ensures that research is meaningful and useful in real-world settings. By combining these approaches, researchers can maximize the impact and relevance of their findings.  

In this presentation, Dr. Hoekstra will share example strategies and practical tips for using open science principles and IKT. She will use a practical example from co-developing and evaluating an e-learning course on spinal cord injury (SCI) physical activity counselling. The free, self-guided e-learning course is created for health and fitness professionals providing guidance or counselling to adults with SCI. 

Learning objectives

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Explain how the principles of open science and IKT can complement each other
  2. Learn strategies on how to apply IKT principles to co-develop and evaluate an educational course for health and fitness professionals
  3. Provide examples of how to apply open science practices

Speaker bio

Dr. Femke Hoekstra is an assistant professor in UBC’s Department of Medicine, Division of Social Medicine and an investigator with the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in implementation science. Dr. Hoekstra holds a doctor of philosophy from the University of Groningen in implementation science, rehabilitation and physical activity promotion. Her research program focuses on improving health services and care for equity-deserving groups in rural, remote and isolated communities. She studies implementation processes of health innovations in real-world settings.