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Embedding research within health services

April 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Location: School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Galway, Ireland

Organised by: Health Behaviour Change Research Group

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There is a significant delay in the translation of evidence from clinical research into routine practice and often, the findings of research are not integrated into health services at all. Implementation Science is “the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices in routine practice, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services.” The field of Implementation Science is relatively new and rapidly growing, and aims to understand and help address the barriers to the integration of evidence-based practices in health services. Implementation Science research often utilises qualitative and quantitative research methods, and many comprehensive guidelines and frameworks exist for conducting high quality implementation research. Implementation Science is playing a key role in supporting efforts to realise the value of health research and ensure that health services are equipped to respond to increasing demands.

Learning objectives:

– Gain a high-level understanding of implementation science principles, frameworks and methods.

– Examine worked examples of implementation interventions to recognise barriers and facilitators to evidence-based practice.

– Explore behavioural science approaches to designing effective implementation interventions, with reference to applied examples.

– Learn strategies to engage relevant stakeholders during intervention development to maximise implementation.

– Judge the use of appropriate methods for implementing and evaluating interventions.

– Recognise the complexity of health service problem solving and engage with concepts underlying effective intervention development.

– Apply implementation science methods to understanding and solving health system problems, with reference to real world examples.

Expert Facilitators:

Professor Molly Byrne, Professor of Health Psychology; Director, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway.

Professor Jeremy Grimshaw, Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Full Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Lecturer; Assistant Director, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway.

Dr Sheena McHugh, Lecturer and health services researcher, School of Public Health, University College, Cork.

Mr Michael Sykes, NIHR Research Fellow / QI Lead – National diabetes audit, United Kingdom.

Assistant Professor Luke Wolfenden, Associate Professor and Career Development Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Australia.

Dr Elaine Toomey, Associate Director Cochrane Ireland; Research fellow, Evidence Synthesis Ireland; Post-Doctoral Researcher, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway.

Intended participants:

Researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in implementing evidence into practice.


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