How and Why Context Matters: A Personal Reflection; Comment on “Stakeholder Perspectives of Attributes and Features of Context Relevant to Knowledge Translation in Health Settings: A Multi-Country Analysis”

Document Type : Commentary


College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia


This commentary acknowledges that the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement did not automatically or initially understand the impact of context on successful implementation (SI). The subsequent work of research teams, such as the PARIHS (Promoting Action on Research in Health Services) team, and the Ottawa team led by Squires, have contributed to the ongoing refinement of the concept. However, still under discussion is whether having a more comprehensive set of contextual attributes will necessarily lead to more implementation success. Just as the strength of the evidence does not automatically lead to implementation success, so having a comprehensive understanding of contextual factors will not necessarily improve implementation uptake.


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Volume 11, Issue 8
August 2022
Pages 1590-1591
  • Receive Date: 15 September 2021
  • Revise Date: 28 March 2022
  • Accept Date: 28 March 2022
  • First Publish Date: 29 March 2022