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Title: Implementation-The Missing Link in the Research Translation Pipeline: Is It Any Wonder No One Ever Implements Evidence-Based Practice?
Austin Authors: Lynch, Elizabeth A;Chesworth, Brigit M;Connell, Louise A
Affiliation: University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Issue Date: 1-May-2018 2018-05-01
Publication information: Neurorehabilitation and neural repair 2018; 32(9): 751-761
Abstract: Despite the exponential growth in the evidence base for stroke rehabilitation, there is still a paucity of knowledge about how to consistently and sustainably deliver evidence-based stroke rehabilitation therapies in clinical practice. This means that people with stroke will not consistently benefit from research breakthroughs, simply because clinicians do not always have the skills, authority, knowledge or resources to be able to translate the findings from a research trial and apply these in clinical practice. This "point of view" article by an interdisciplinary, international team illustrates the lack of available evidence to guide the translation of evidence to practice in rehabilitation, by presenting a comprehensive and systematic content analysis of articles that were published in 2016 in leading clinical stroke rehabilitation journals commonly read by clinicians. Our review confirms that only a small fraction (2.5%) of published stroke rehabilitation research in these journals evaluate the implementation of evidence-based interventions into health care practice. We argue that in order for stroke rehabilitation research to contribute to enhanced health and well-being of people with stroke, journals, funders, policy makers, researchers, clinicians, and professional associations alike need to actively support and promote (through funding, conducting, or disseminating) implementation and evaluation research.
DOI: 10.1177/1545968318777844
ORCID: 0000-0001-8756-1051
PubMed URL: 29848171
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: rehabilitation
translational medical research
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