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Rubenstein L, Damschroder LJ, Hagedorn H, Smith S, Dougherty D, McIvor L, Garner L. Applying Implementation Science to Improve Health Care Quality and Performance. Paper presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; 2012 Jun 25; Orlando, FL.
Abstract: 2012 ARM: Applying Implementation Science to Improve Health Care Quality and Performance June 23, 2012 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Orlando This seminar is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Level of Difficulty: Introductory This seminar will provide an overview of implementation science theory and methods, including discussion of (1) frameworks to guide the design and conduct of a program of implementation research, (2) the role of theory in the design and delivery of implementation strategies and programs, and (3) appropriate study designs and methods for evaluating implementation programs and processes. The seminar will include a mix of didactic lectures and group discussions of methods, challenges, and lessons learned aimed at enhancing implementation and sustainability of evidence-based health practices and quality improvement efforts. This seminar will: -Introduce and describe the field of implementation science and discuss its (a) policy and practice foundations and goals and its (b) relationship to other types of health-related research, including clinical research, health services and health policy research. -Present frameworks and guidance for designing effective strategies and programs for increasing the implementation and benefits of effective practices and other innovations in health care delivery. -Describe the range of research approaches, design and methods suitable for evaluating implementation strategies and studying implementation processes and barriers and facilitators to increased implementation of effective practices and health care innovations. -Describe the implementation science funding programs and activities conducted by three health research funding agencies, and discuss their investments in this field and their views of its importance and its future.

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