This instructional course will introduce the foundational principles of implementation science and how to apply them within health systems and communities. The course is designed for clinicians, researchers, and administrators, with a focus on developing partnerships to facilitate successful implementation. Participants will discuss barriers and facilitators to implementation, and will learn about implementation strategies that can improve adoption of evidence-based practices. We will highlight successful collaborations between clinicians and researchers. Examples will be provided across physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. Partnerships will be described in local health settings, communities, and national health systems. Finally, resources for further education in implementation research and practice will be shared. This program is supported by the Dissemination & Implementation Research Task Force of the ACRM Health Services Research Networking Group, the Learning Health Systems Rehabilitation Research Network, and the Center for Smart Use of Technologies to Assess Real-World Outcomes.
List and discuss challenges to applying implementation research in rehabilitation
Describe how to use implementation research to create and measure change in health systems and communities
Discuss barriers and facilitators to successful partnerships between clinicians and researchers in rehabilitation
Select implementation strategies to optimize partnerships between clinicians and researchers
List resources to improve understanding and application of implementation science in practice