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An introduction to implementation science for the non-specialist

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Psychology, September 2015
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An introduction to implementation science for the non-specialist
Published in
BMC Psychology, September 2015
DOI 10.1186/s40359-015-0089-9
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Mark S. Bauer, Laura Damschroder, Hildi Hagedorn, Jeffrey Smith, Amy M. Kilbourne


The movement of evidence-based practices (EBPs) into routine clinical usage is not spontaneous, but requires focused efforts. The field of implementation science has developed to facilitate the spread of EBPs, including both psychosocial and medical interventions for mental and physical health concerns. The authors aim to introduce implementation science principles to non-specialist investigators, administrators, and policymakers seeking to become familiar with this emerging field. This introduction is based on published literature and the authors' experience as researchers in the field, as well as extensive service as implementation science grant reviewers. Implementation science is "the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other EBPs into routine practice, and, hence, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services." Implementation science is distinct from, but shares characteristics with, both quality improvement and dissemination methods. Implementation studies can be either assess naturalistic variability or measure change in response to planned intervention. Implementation studies typically employ mixed quantitative-qualitative designs, identifying factors that impact uptake across multiple levels, including patient, provider, clinic, facility, organization, and often the broader community and policy environment. Accordingly, implementation science requires a solid grounding in theory and the involvement of trans-disciplinary research teams. The business case for implementation science is clear: As healthcare systems work under increasingly dynamic and resource-constrained conditions, evidence-based strategies are essential in order to ensure that research investments maximize healthcare value and improve public health. Implementation science plays a critical role in supporting these efforts.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 <1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
India 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 1059 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 204 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 185 17%
Student > Master 157 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 89 8%
Other 87 8%
Other 228 21%
Unknown 123 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 274 26%
Social Sciences 148 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 143 13%
Psychology 124 12%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 22 2%
Other 158 15%
Unknown 204 19%

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