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Adopting a knowledge translation approach in healthcare co-production. A case study

Francesca Dal Mas (Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Helena Biancuzzi (Ipazia, International Observatory on Gender Research, Rome, Italy)
Maurizio Massaro (Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy)
Luca Miceli (Department of Pain Medicine, IRCCS C.R.O. National Cancer Institute of Aviano, Aviano, Italy)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 4 August 2020

Issue publication date: 8 December 2020




The paper aims to contribute to the debate concerning the use of knowledge translation for implementing co-production processes in the healthcare sector. The study investigates a case study, in which design was used to trigger knowledge translation and foster co-production.


The paper employs a case study methodology by analysing the experience of “Oncology in Motion”, a co-production program devoted to the recovery of breast cancer patients carried on by the IRCCS C.R.O. of Aviano, Italy.


Results show how design could help to translate knowledge from various stakeholders with different skills (e.g. scientists, physicians, nurses) and emotional engagement (e.g. patients and patients' associations) during all the phases of a co-production project to support breast cancer patients in a recovery path. Stewardship theory is used to show that oncology represents a specific research context.

Practical implications

The paper highlights the vast practical contribution that design can have in empowering knowledge translation at different levels and in a variety of co-production phases, among different stakeholders, facilitating their engagement and the achievement of the desired outcomes.


The paper contributes to the literature on knowledge translation in co-production projects in the healthcare sector showing how design can be effectively implemented.



Dal Mas, F., Biancuzzi, H., Massaro, M. and Miceli, L. (2020), "Adopting a knowledge translation approach in healthcare co-production. A case study", Management Decision, Vol. 58 No. 9, pp. 1841-1862.



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