Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker

Alison Hoens Jason Craig  

Alison Hoens and Jason Craig are Co-Physical Therapy Knowledge Brokers (PT KB). This position is jointly funded by the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and Arthritis Research Canada.



What is Knowledge Translation?

The Canadian Institute of Health Research defines Knowledge Translation (KT) as the exchange, synthesis and ethically-sound application of researcher findings within a complex system of relationships among researchers and knowledge users.  KT is critical in reducing the gap between what is ‘known’ from research and what is ‘done’ in practice and enhancing the involvement of clinical practice in the research process. Consequently, the PT KB role aims to facilitate both evidence-informed practice and practice-informed evidence. Key objectives of the PT KB include:

  • To build awareness of KT opportunities in the BC PT community
  • To engage stakeholders (eg. clinicians, opinion leaders, researchers, administrators, and professional organizations) in collaboration to enhance knowledge translation.
  • To develop resources and capacity for ‘evidence-informed’ decision-making
  • To incorporate evaluation to ensure accountability

How does a knowledge broker “fit” in the world of KT?


projects and initiatives


total grants funded
since 2009


patients, clinicians,
researchers & decision-makers




Knowledge Broker position reports and presentations