From a global health perspective, knowledge exchange through communities of practice and informal social networks has the potential to improve knowledge management in global health issues. The utilization of communities of practice (CoPs), or a group of people who decide to deepen their knowledge and expertise in a particular topic on an on-going basis is increasing in global health. Over the last few years, several CoPs have been launched in topics related to international health. Lessons learned from these nascent CoPs indicate that working together with a common vision and knowledge basis and exchanging views with peers on technical issues are powerful ways to transfer operational and tacit knowledge for better program implementation. CoPs also perform several roles that facilitate the conduct, implementation and utilization of research to improve health care practice and accountability and are important tools for global health professionals in lower and middle-income countries because they are a cost-effective way to deliver capacity building assistance and training.
Looking through a social lens: conceptualising social aspects of knowledge management for global health practitioners.
Looking through a social lens: conceptualising social aspects of knowledge management for global health practitioners. Rupali J. Limaye, Tara M. Sullivan, Scott Dalessandro, Ann Hendrix-Jenkins. Journal of Public Health Research 2017; Volume 6:761
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Managing knowledge is essential for improving population health outcomes. Global health practitioners at all levels of the health system are bombarded with information related to best practices and guideline changes, among other relevant information to provide the best quality of care. Knowledge management, or the act of effectively using knowledge, has yet to capitalize on the power of social connections within the context of global health. While social elements have been incorporated into knowledge management activities, the authors suggest that systematically integrating key concepts that leverage social connections, such as social systems, social capital, social learning, and social software, will yield greater benefit with regard to health outcomes.
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