Implementation science to advance practice and curricular transformation: Report of the 2019-2020 AACP research and graduate affairs committee

Grace Kuo, Jennifer L. Bacci, Michelle A. Chui, Joel Farley, Peter M. Gannett, Sheldon G. Holstad, Melanie Livet, Dorothy Farrell

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The 2019-2020 AACP Research and Graduate Affairs Committee (RGAC) was charged with articulating the case for and evaluating the state of implementation science in academic pharmacy, given the potential for implementation science to act as a driver of practice and curricular transformation. Based on the current state of pharmacy research in this area, the RGAC was further charged with outlining a plan to raise the profile of implementation science with pharmacy leadership and defining strategies for AACP to facilitate schools in applying its methods to their practice and education missions. For this work, the RGAC considered implementation science to be the scientific study of methods and strategies to promote adoption of evidence-based practices and interventions into real world settings and routine practice, to improve the quality and effectiveness of services. The RGAC identified three components of an effective strategy for AACP to assist schools in applying implementation science in practice and education: 1) raising awareness of implementation science as an opportunity for academic pharmacy, 2) connecting pharmacy researchers with the larger implementation science community, and 3) developing pharmacy researchers in the compe-tencies and methods associated with implementation science. Specific recommendations for this strategy were informed by searches of the literature and funding landscape related to implementation science and pharmacy. The RGAC also identified stakeholder groups that AACP could target in a campaign to raise awareness of implementation science and connectivity to the existing research community in this space, including academic leadership, faculty with expertise in relevant research methodologies (eg, the Social and Administrative Science (SAS) section of AACP), and the academic pharmacy community as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number848204
Pages (from-to)1440-1445
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Curricular transformation
  • Implementation science
  • Practice transformation
  • Professional development


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