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Researchers identify critical knowledge areas for managing the spread of COVID-19


Researchers at the 沃尔夫汉普顿大学 have developed a concept knowledge map for managing the spread of COVID-19.

大流行期间, sharing other people’s experiences of robust and clear practical procedures is vital to align with health-care professionals, sharing best practice to manage the spread of the virus.

For professionals dealing with the pandemic in health care settings, it can prove difficult to access core information for highly knowledge-intensive activities, such as public health problem-solving and decision-making.

This situation called for knowledge mapping to increase the visibility of this information and facilitate and accelerate the process of locating relevant expertise or experience.

Suresh Renukappa博士 researcher at the 沃尔夫汉普顿大学 along with team members Dr Subashini Suresh and Wala Abdalla and support of Dr Shyam Menon, at The Royal 12博官方网站 NHS Trust identified seven areas of critical knowledge that decision-makers should be aware of.  这七个领域包括:

  1. 清洁消毒
  2. Training, education and communication
  3. 报告指南和更新
  4. Testing
  5. 感染控制措施
  6. 个人防护装备
  7. Potential COVID-19 transmission in health and other care settings

The study concluded that knowledge mapping related to COVID-19 assists in reducing and minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in hospitals, 以及其他医疗保健设置.

This work makes a major contribution to research on knowledge management (KM) and the management of public health emergencies by demonstrating how knowledge mapping, as one of the most powerful KM approaches, enhancing quick and effective decision-making.

Suresh Renukappa博士, Senior Lecturer in the 理学院 and Engineering at the 沃尔夫汉普顿大学, said: “This study offers valuable insights into key and critical knowledge areas, decision-makers need to be aware of, to address the crisis management of COVID-19 effectively.

Knowledge maps have been successful to provide effective communication to share vital information for the dissemination of reports, guidance, and for collaboration to combine the conclusions of varying reports, thus helping to minimise the potential of COVID-19 transmission and to control the pandemic.”

The research has been peer reviewed and published in prestigious Journal of Knowledge Management. 

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