Implementation Science to Advance Care Delivery: A Primer for Pharmacists and Other Health Professionals

Melanie Livet, Stuart T. Haines, Geoffrey M. Curran, Terry L. Seaton, Caryn S. Ward, Todd D. Sorensen, Mary Roth McClurg

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Health care is experiencing increasing pressure to implement evidence-based interventions that improve quality, control costs, and maximize value. Unfortunately, many clinical services and interventions to optimize medication use do not consistently produce the intended humanistic, clinical, and economic outcomes. The lack of conclusive results is believed to stem from the widely recognized research-to-practice gap. The field of implementation science seeks to discover and apply strategies designed to accelerate successful integration of interventions into routine practice. This primer provides an overview of implementation science principles for pharmacists and other health care providers interested in accelerating practice transformation to improve health care delivery and, ultimately, patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-502
Number of pages13
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018

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  • implementation
  • implementation science
  • pharmacy practice


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