Advancing pharmacy practice through implementation science

May 29, 2017 | G. M. Curran and S. J. Shoemaker

Implementation science has been growing as a valued field in health services research and in its understanding of how to bridge the “quality chasm.”1 As defined by Eccles and Mittman,2implementation science is the “scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice, and, hence, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services” (p. 1). The field of implementation science has matured substantially in the last decade, with seminal works laying out implementation frameworks3,4 to assist in the selection of evidence-based implementation strategies5,6 and providing recommendations on how best to operationalize and measure implementation and sustainability.7,8 Further, recent manuscripts have summarized research design and methodological approaches most appropriate for implementation research.9–11

PubMed Abstract

G. M. Curran and S. J. Shoemaker. Advancing pharmacy practice through implementation science. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 13(5), 889-891.