Knowledge translation in gambling research: a scoping review

Abstract

Knowledge translation (KT) is the process of moving knowledge to applicable use. In any field, the role of KT is to expedite the translation of knowledge into action. Research in the gambling field has amassed such that KT is an important consideration in ensuring knowledge is translated efficiently and accurately. In response to this need, the current study provides an overview of the current state of KT in the gambling literature and offers recommendations for future direction. Knowledge to action in the gambling literature is primarily occurring in the following areas: consensus building between stakeholder groups (e.g. establishing best practices); translation of information from related disciplines (e.g. the addiction field); collaboration or co-design with end users (e.g. disordered gamblers); and the development of tools and tactics to assist gamblers. Recommendations are provided for advancing KT in the gambling field, and for the application of effective KT strategies from the area of mental health. The intention of this review is to provide researchers with specific recommendations that will enhance the relevance of their work. It is hoped that this review will serve to further advance the integration of KT in the gambling literature, and effectively move research to policy and practice.

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