Knowledge and knowledge transfer (the antitheses of the know-do gap) is contextually influenced; generated from interactions of people, processes and cultures. Therefore, while empirically validated sources of knowledge are a critical component of improving health, so are the contributions of the tacit dimensions of knowledge gained from the lived experience and shared practices.
By what mechanism can these two vital components be linked within the context of healthcare? How can the benefits of e-health be harnessed and applied to interweave empirical and experiential knowledge to bridge the & quot;know-do gap & quot;. What is the potential for social networks to increase the capacity of health systems? We believe that collaborative knowledge networks, where the empirical is blended with the lived experience, are a mechanism than can help us to answer these questions.
This presentation will focus on how social networks can contribute to improve health capacity and lessen the know-do gap. C ritical issues that surround the operation of online collaborative networks will be discussed. A knowledge network called the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery, designed to enable knowledge exchange and social networking in low-bandwidth settings will be used as an example.