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In our recent editorial [1] we discussed the importance of knowledge mobilization (KM; defined as ‘a proactive process that involves efforts to transform practice through the circulation of knowledge within and across practice domains’ [2]) to the implementation of best practice to drive up the quality of care for patients. We acknowledged the role and importance of recognizing real-world context, providing examples of individual, organizational and national contextual factors that influence KM. Since the publication of that editorial, the context of healthcare both nationally and internationally has changed substantially. The covid-19 pandemic has, and will continue to have, a significant impact on KM and the design and delivery of healthcare services. The commonly cited conclusion in KM is that ‘context is everything’, and we would like to add to this discussion and build upon our previous editorial in light of the covid-19 situation. This piece explores the impact of covid-19 on KM, in the context of musculoskeletal services, and the ways in which organizations can ‘lock in’ learning, after arguably the biggest challenge that healthcare services have ever experienced.

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Launching Fellow: Laura Swaithes