Dear HIFA colleagues,
First, a very warm welcome to the many (>150) new HIFA members who have joined us in the past few days (thank you to all who have helped with publicity). We hope you will enjoy our forthcoming discussion on Implementation Research.
Today, Monday 8 August, is day 1 of our 6-week thematic discussion: IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH - ENGAGING EVERYONE, NOT JUST SCIENTISTS!
We are grateful for support from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and The Lancet.
Millions of people die needlessly every year because they did not receive basic lifesaving interventions. Implementation research is all about finding ways to improve access to medical treatments and other health services. There is no area of research that is more important in terms of its potential to save lives and reduce suffering.
Over the coming 6 weeks we shall explore 6 questions, one each week, on different aspects of implementation research. We shall:
- develop a shared understanding of what it is and why it's important;
- learn from researchers and others who have been involved in implementation research;
- learn from those who have used or applied the findings of implementation research (eg guideline developers, policymakers, health managers, frontline health workers…)
- and, critically, hear from frontline healthcare providers what *they* consider are the main challenges in improving access to medical treatments and other health services - what are the key areas where implementation research is needed, and what are the questions that need answering?
This week we start with a general question to help us all develop a shared understanding of what implementation research is and why it's important:
Question 1. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT?
Please email your thoughts, comments, questions to: hifa AT dgroups.org
For background (and to review all six questions in this discussion) see here:
Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA moderator
On behalf of the HIFA Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice Group
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Monday, August 08, 2016
Dear HIFA colleagues,