The “We know” and “You don’t know” syndromes

Not all individuals who consider themselves as researchers, but effective researchers are considered to be the sources of updated scientific evidence. They are the sources of research-based evidence – not all forms of evidence. Their daily routines are related with generation and scrutiny of scientific evidence. Hence they are the best people to be asked about recent scientific evidence.

We need to respect researchers for this wisdom. However, some researchers consider themselves as the only source of evidence and thus suffer from a problem called the “I know” syndrome. The “I know” syndrome as it stands may not be harmful to research users, though it may prevent researchers from further research inquiry. In as far as they know both what they know and they don’t know, this is ok.

The severe form of the syndrome is the “you don’t know” syndrome. Still many more researchers suffer from this syndrome. The fact that we consider researchers better sources of evidence shouldn’t motivate them to consider us not knowledgeable. The truth is that both research producers and research users have the evidence, the knowledge and the wisdom. The difference in the proportion of the content. Researchers may be better in research-based evidence, practitioners are best in practice-based evidence.

These two syndromes are among the causes for the gaps between researchers and research users. For a better and smooth relation between researchers and research users, these syndromes have to be treated. A syndromic approach of treatment is needed.