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Implementing Innovations into Community Practice

Implementing Innovations into Community Practice

Dissemination and implementation of health-related scientific discoveries into real-world clinical settings is not easy. It involves complex processes and a diverse constellation of stakeholders, such as patients, payers, clinicians, administrators, and industry representatives. Group Health Research Institute (GHRI), in collaboration with ITHS, is seeking to bridge the gap between discovery and actual clinical practice with the initiative, “Implementing Innovations into Community Practice.”

The Implementing Innovations initiative will develop and use implementation science theory and methodologies to spread evidence-based innovations in primary care. The overall goal is to prioritize and implement innovations with the highest potential to improve primary care practice and the health of patients across the five-state WWAMI region. The initiative will also facilitate shared learning with other primary-care focused dissemination and implementation researchers.

Primary Care Implementation Toolkit

Primary Care Implementation Toolkit

The pipeline of evidence that can improve the health of patients is immense. But practice settings have complex, individualized operational structures, and often serve many different patient populations. Because the sheer volume of innovations impedes the implementation of research into practice, the Implementing Innovations team has developed tools and methodologies for investigators to better focus their efforts on “spreadable” research innovations. These resources also help providers identify and prioritize innovations of particular relevance to their clinical setting. Some examples include:

  • Evidence Pre-Screening Tool
  • Research Summary Template
  • Decision-to-Adopt Worksheet
Improving Practice Together Collaboration Platform

Improving Practice Together Collaboration Platform

Reaching busy clinicians to facilitate research collaborations and disseminate research findings involves precision matching of research messages and sources with clinical sites’ interests. To this end, the team has created the “Improving Practice Together” collaboration platform, which brings together regional primary care clinicians, such as those participating in the Healthy Hearts Northwest initiative, to test a communications model to help providers find solutions to their practice challenges. The model incorporates a blog format, and will utilize social network and media analysis methods to revise and refine content. Promotional strategies will be based on the needs and interests of the primary care audience.

Building the Science of Implementing Innovations into Practice Settings

Building the Science of Implementing Innovations into Community Practice Settings

The Implementing Innovations team collaborates locally and regionally with the ITHS WWAMI-region Practice & Research Network-affiliated (WPRN) primary care practices. Together, they pilot test and refine tools and methods prior to disseminating them nationally via the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program network of institutes. The team also brings together CTSA institutions and other stakeholders to share best practices and to identify priority areas for future dissemination and implementation research.

Grants Incubator

Grants Incubator

The initiative includes a grants incubator staffed by dissemination and implementation experts. These experts work closely with primary care leaders and researchers across the region to provide mentorship and coaching, and to identify and pursue grant funding opportunities that advance primary care-driven implementation research.

One early success from the grants incubator is Healthy Hearts Northwest, a new regional partnership that supports small- and medium-sized practices in improving patient heart health and quality of care. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the grant is part of a broader, national effort to improve the heart health of eight million patients. To learn more, please visit the GHRI website.

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Cite ITHSThe Institute is supported by grants UL1 TR002319, KL2 TR002317, and TL1 TR002318 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA).

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