Project snapshot – Knowledge Translation Bronchiolitis Study

Knowledge Translation in Australasian Paediatric Acute Care Settings: a multi-centred, cluster, randomised controlled trial comparing a tailored, theory informed Knowledge Translation intervention versus passive dissemination of a bronchiolitis guideline.


HDEC and HREC approval have been obtained in Australia and New Zealand respectively. Active recruitment is occurring across Australasia with randomization of sites to occur in early December.

Site inclusion criteria:

  • Have an ED census of > 135 cases of bronchiolitis per year (<1 year of age)
  • Be willing to participate in control or intervention
  • Agreement of Clinical Directors of both Emergency Department and inpatients
  • Have the ability to audit clinical notes

Recruitment to date:

  • 10 Australian sites confirmed
  • 3 New Zealand sites confirmed
  • Sites are being supported through local governance process

Additionally, 14 Australian and 6 New Zealand sites are in discussion with the research group with initial site visits being arranged.  The study requires 24 sites across Australasia (tertiary, secondary, metropolitan and regional).

If you have any questions or would like information please contact:
Australian sites: Sharon O’Brien Ph: +61 8 9340 7489, Email:
New Zealand Sites: Libby Haskell Ph: +64 21670550, Email

Moving forward

  • Ongoing and proactive recruitment of sites
  • Intervention design and tailoring from findings of qualitative study (see below)
  • Train-the-trainer day (for intervention sites) will occur late February 2017
  • Intervention at sites after training day

Qualitative Knowledge Translation Bronchiolitis Study

Understanding practice: factors that influence bronchiolitis management in Australasian paediatric acute care settings – a qualitative study using the Theoretical Domains Framework.

The findings from this study will be used to inform and tailor KT interventions for the cluster randomised controlled trial.

Enrolment and interviews

  • Four hospitals (two in Australia and two in New Zealand) have been recruited
  • 19 interviews completed across both countries (medical and nursing in metropolitan and regional hospitals) with two interviews left to complete
  • Analysis underway with completion by end November 2016