How can health care systems apply new evidence? 

New research on how to optimize patient care and clinical operations is published every day.  But often this research isn't practical for busy, burdened health care systems.  They need research findings that are relevant to their patients, and that come with tools to help apply findings to everyday patient care.   

Implementation science is the answer

A relatively new field, implementation science is the actual application of new knowledge to deliver high-quality, evidence-based care.  

We are advancing the field of implementation science in 4 areas:

  1. Theory, Measure, and Method Development
  2. Social Determinants of Health
  3. Implementation of Evidence-based Practices
  4. Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC)

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Optimizing Psychological Science’s Impact on Public Health

Like any new field, dissemination and implementation faces particular challenges that need to be tackled.

Toward criteria for pragmatic measurement in implementation research and practice: a stakeholder-driven approach using concept mapping

Knowing how well you’re doing is the cornerstone of quality improvement (QI.)  Getting that information about health care providers and staff depends on having the right tools.  Co-authored by Cara Lewis, this publication provides guidance on what to consider when developing health care QI measures.  Created with input given by international behavioral health agency stak

The creation and validation of the Measure of Effective Attributes of Trainers (MEAT).

The Measure of Effective Attributes of Trainers (MEAT) is a study that created a measure of trainer characteristics and assessed preliminary evidence for its reliability and validity by following gold standard measure development procedures.

Citation:  Implement Sci. 2017 Jun 2;12(1):73. doi: 10.1186/s13012-017-0603-y. The creation and validation of the Measure of Effective Attributes of Trainers (MEAT). Boyd MR, Lewis CC, Scott K, Krendl A, Lyon AR.

Study protocol for “Healthy Hearts Northwest”: a 2 × 2 randomized factorial trial to build quality improvement capacity in primary care

This Implementation Science paper describes the protocol of our Healthy Hearts Northwest, a randomized trial designed to address the comparative effectiveness of combined strategies to build quality improvement (QI) capacity while improving risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

How do we learn about improving health care: a call for a new epistemological paradigm

"How do we learn about improving health care: a call for a new epistemological paradigm" is a new publication co-authored by MacColl's Director Michael Parchman, MD and our colleague Rashad Massoud, MD, MPH, FACP, Director of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project and its predecessor, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project. 

Diffusion, Dissemination, and Implementation: What is the Difference?

In this archived video, MacColl Director Michael Parchman discusses implementation science and its place in the translational research spectrum.  Recorded October 9, 2015 for the National Institutes of Health Collaboratory Grand Rounds series.

Implementing Innovations into Practice Blog

The Implementing Innovations Into Practice blog is a resource for primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.  Featuring posts that showcase proven strategies for improving care and financial performance in primary care, it also offers opportunities to engage with other primary care professionals and to work with researchers on obtaining funding for improvement efforts.  Sponsored by the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.

Primary Care Evidence Review Toolkit

The purpose of the Primary Care Evidence Review Toolkit is to share our methods for evidence screening, drawing on implementation science theory and methods. We also include links to several additional resources that can be used as companion materials to our tools by other evidence review and translation efforts.

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