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)

Related Resources

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.

Implementation Science video

This May 2015 talk given by MacColl Center Director Michael Parchman Md, MPH at the Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) discusses why implementation science is important, outlines common theories and frameworks, and provides examples of current work being done in the field.

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