Newsletter - March 2015

Articles

  1. Garcia AR1, Kim M, Palinkas LA, Snowden L, Landsverk J.
    Adm Policy Ment Health. 2015 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Gyllstrom E1, Gearin K, Frauendienst R, Myhre J, Larson M, Riley W.
    Am J Public Health. 2015 Feb 17:e1-e7. [Epub ahead of print]

  3. Knudsen HK1, Roman PM2.
    J Subst Abuse Treat. 2015 Feb;49:1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2014.08.003.

  4. Perkins RB1, Zisblatt L2, Legler A3, Trucks E2, Hanchate A4, Gorin SS5.
    Vaccine. 2015 Feb 25;33(9):1223-9. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.11.021.

  5. Ubel PA1, Asch DA2.
    Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Feb 1;34(2):239-44. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0983.

  6. Wittmeier KD1, Klassen TP1, Sibley KM2.
    JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Feb 23. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.8. [Epub ahead of print]

Resource of the Month

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    The Implementation Network's Resource of the Month for March is Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health book by Dr. John Ovretveit. The book examines different approaches to evaluating treatment, health service delivery, public health programmes and policy implementation. Dr. John Ovretveit has been kind enough to provide us with an overview of this great new resource to the field.


    What was your motivation for writing the book, Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health? 
    Clinicians and leaders want to make things better for patients and do more to prevent the problems they see everyday. All too often they find that research is not relevant or actionable and that researchers can be a burden to their work. More research can be more directly useful and we can use digital technology and partnership research to do this and reduce the costs of research. The book aims to enable practitioners to make more use of relevant research and to encourage more user-driven research. 

    Click here to read the full interview with Dr. John Ovretveit about his new book, Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health.

General Announcements

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    Problem to address
    We know that some clinical preventive services are not used enough, while others are overused and can be more harmful than beneficial. There is a need to understand how best to implement appropriate clinical preventive care.
     
    Purpose of the project
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has funded a one-year grant to establish a national research agenda on the implementation of appropriate use of clinical preventive services. This research agenda will be defined using a multi-step stakeholder engagement process that will provide, for the first time, a forum for dialogue among individuals with different perspectives about decreasing the overuse, under use, and inequitable use of clinical preventive services. The process will culminate in the creation and dissemination of a national agenda consensus statement.
     
    Why we’re inviting you to participate
    Because of your expertise and interests, we would value your insights about reducing ineffective practices and integrating evidence-based clinical preventive services.
     
    How to engage in the project
    There will be 3 phases to the research agenda-setting process:
    1.     Identifying gaps.  Pre-conference need-gap survey
    2.     Developing an agenda. In-person conference with national implementation experts in Denver, CO on
    May 28-29, 2015
    3.     Refining the agenda. Peer review via webinars and online crowdsourcing
    Register here to participate in any or all of these opportunities.
     
    We greatly value your participation and hope you will partner with us to develop a national research agenda about the implementation of appropriate clinical preventive services.
     
    Thank you,
    Elaine H. Morrato, DrPH MPH, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    Therese Miller, DrPH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Russ Glasgow, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    Russ Harris, MD MPH, University of North Carolina
    Allison Kempe, MD MPH, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    P. Michael Ho, MD PhD, Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care

  • Dear Leaders,

    As a leader or director in implementation science research training, we invite you to complete this 5 to 10 minute survey assessing the current implementation science offerings at your university, research organization, or institute. If you agree to complete the survey, click on the link below to record your confidential responses no later than March 25, 2015.

     https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ImplementationScienceStateofAffairs

    Thank you in advance for your time and attention in this endeavor.

    Best Regards,       

    Nithya Ramalingam and Libbie Sonnier-Netto

    Virginia Tech 

Conferences



  • Mark your calendars - PCORI will hold its first Annual Meeting Oct. 6-8 in suburban Washington, DC. This event, coming just after the fifth anniversary of the appointment of PCORI's Board of Governors, will update our stakeholder communities on highlights from our research portfolio, including early results of completed studies and reviews of important work in progress. We're particularly pleased that we will open our meeting with a joint half-day of sessions developed in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on key issues in dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research. Watch for more details on our website.



  • Implementation for Impact is the topic of the 3rd biennial Global Implementation Conference. GIC 2015 sessions will be organized around five key content areas related to the overall theme of Implementation for Impact, including:

    • Scaling and Capacity Development for Social Impact
    • Shared Measurement Systems and Rapid Results
    • Working together to develop the Implementation Infrastructure
    • Communication and Knowledge Capture
    • Regional, National, and Global Implementation Collaboration

    Please join us in Dublin, Ireland for an opportunity to learn, share, network and socialise with others, who are passionate about implementation science, practice, and policy!

    See more at: http://gic.globalimplementation.org/about/#sthash.vX42Uvp4.dpuf

  • The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) in collaboration with the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC) is hosting the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference in Marina del Rey, CA, October 14-16, 2015. MDR is adjacent to LAX and accessible to Westwood, Santa Monica, Downtown, West Hollywood, and other surrounding areas of Los Angeles.

    Abstract submissions for posters, paper presentations, and symposia will be accepted March 15 – May 15.  Please see the attached flyer for more information; more details will be posted on the conference website:

    http://www.uclaisap.org/ahsr/index.html

  • Health Scientists, Researchers and Consumer/Citizen Advocates are invited to submit abstracts to Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015. Submissions can be made for seminars, workshops, oral and poster presentations. 

    Maximum 300 words written in English and structured as: Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions.

    Categories for submissions:.
    Description of the problem (qualitative and quantitative).
    Analytics, forces that drive overdiagnosis.
    Interventions to limit or address overdiagnosis.

    All submissions will be reviewed and selected on merit for inclusion in the program and/or poster session. 

    Deadline for submission March 31st 2015.
     


  • Submit Your Abstract

    Symposium, Podium and Poster Presentations Sought
     
    Join the Center for Advancing Clinical Excellence, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and your peers in San Antonio, TX for the 2015 Summer Institute, August 5-7, 2015.
     
    Submit your abstracts by Friday, May 1, at 5:00pm CST.

    The theme chosen by the program committee for the 2015 Summer Institute is:

    “Engaging Patients and Professionals to Advance Clinical Excellence”

    Click here to submit an abstract.

Webinars


  • Thursday, March 5, 12:00pm ET
    QUERI Implementation Seminar
    Improving care quality through hybrid implementatino/effectiveness studies: Best practices in deisgn, methods, and measures by Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH; Amy Cohen, PhD; Mona Ritchie, PhD(c), MSW
    Click here to view the archived webinar.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2:00pm ET
    HERC health Economics Seminar
    Choosing Wisely and Overuse: Prevalence, Variation and Reform by Carrie Colla, Ph.D
    Click here to register for this webinar.

    Thursday, March 18, 12:00pm ET
    Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) Demonstration Labs
    PACT in Academic Medical Center Primary Care Clinics: A Focus on Access and Continuity by Jane Forman, ScD, MHS and Claire Robinson, MPH
    Click here to register for this webinar.

    Tuesday, March 24, 11:00am ET
    Timely Topics of Interest 
    Shared Decision Making Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities by Mary Politi, PhD
    Click here to register for this webinar.

     

Job Opportunities


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    A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for advanced training in addiction research and implementation science.

    The position is funded by a NIDA-supported T32 “Translational Training in Addiction.”  The fellowship program offers training opportunities in basic, clinical, and implementation research, and offers opportunities for fellows to collaborate with faculty and other fellows across the translational continuum.  The open position will be filled by a fellow interested in implementation science.  Opportunities exist to work with senior implementation scientists on existing and/or new implementation-focused projects, e.g., developing and testing implementation strategies, observational studies of real-world implementation, hybrid clinical effectiveness-implementation trials, and preliminary research on barriers/facilitators to implementation.  Fellowship-supported didactics will offer training in implementation science and addiction research.  Successful candidates should have a PhD in relevant fields such as psychology, social work,  nursing, public health, sociology, anthropology, or other related disciplines.  Interested candidates should contact Geoff Curran, PhD (currangeoffreym@uams.edu), Professor and Director, Center for Implementation Research, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR. 

     

  • Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Assistant Professor Dr. Cara Lewis in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington Campus. This position is made possible through NIMH funding of 2 D&I-focused R01s (2nd is contingent upon funding availability): (1) Standardized vs. Tailored Implementation of Measurement Based Care for Depression and (2) Advancing Implementation Science through Measure Development and Evaluation. The postdoctoral research associate will be involved in all aspects of the R01 research processes and in the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. Strong applicants will have a PhD in psychology, experience and demonstrated effectiveness in implementation research, experience working in the context of an academic-community partnership, knowledge of measure development processes, experience serving as project lead or coordinator on federally funded projects, and excellent time management, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

    Interested applicants should submit (1) a maximum 2-page statement of interest, (2) updated curriculum vitae, (3) one pre- or reprint you feel would help to demonstrate your research proficiency, and (4) three professional references to Dr. Cara Lewis (lewiscc@indiana.edu). Application review will begin April 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. This is a 100% FTE position. The stipend and benefits are competitive. This position is expected to begin summer 2015. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, but a multi-year appointment is possible, and desirable, with renewals. For more details please visit our webpage: http://www.indiana.edu/~lewislab/opportunities/



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    Workplace
    At the Department of Public Health Sciences we conduct research, teaching and consultancy on the basis of the concepts of public health and epidemiology. The research is focused on health problems in the population and how to combat these through preventative social measures and the development of suitable health care systems.
    The activities have a strongly international character. The Department consists of approximately 140 employees who are divided into research groups which operate within the fields of global health, public health epidemiology and social medicine. In addition, we have approximately 100 research students.
     
    Area of responsibility/working tasks
    We are looking for an experienced professor competent researcher with wide-ranging skills in implementation science and academic teaching. The successful candidate will lead development of this research area within the department. The new professor will be expected to attract external funding, drive forward research programmes as the head researcher and teach in global and public health on both second- and third-cycle programmes. Duties also include participating in implementation projects at the Stockholm County Council Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health.
     
    Eligibility/Qualifications
    Those eligible for this position will have demonstrated scientific, pedagogical and cooperative skills. Applicants must also have proven knowledge and experience of implementation research and related analytical methods. In addition, they must have competed for and been awarded research funding in the subject and have experience of supervising doctoral students through to defence of their thesis. Experience of running and leading interdisciplinary research projects and of working in interdisciplinary teams is preferred. Good contacts and established networks with other implementation researchers, both nationally and internationally, are also desirable, as is applied work in the health sector. Experience in implementation research in low or middle-income countries is an asset.
     
    Further information
    Lucie Laflamme, Head of Department
    +46 70-441 86 96
    Lucie.Laflamme@ki.se
     

Training Opportunities

  • As the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) continues to explore ways to meet the research needs of our next generation researchers, we are pleased to include “Translation Research” and “Implementation Science” to the list of Subject Classifiers in the eMentoring Initiative.  Briefly, the purpose of the NHLBI eMentoring Initiative is as follows:

    ·        Provide online mentoring to students and junior faculty in science-related fields to facilitate their successful entry into research careers in general, including those with a particular interest in heart, lung, and blooddiseases and sleep disorders related research careers.

    ·        Promote training and career development research opportunities and interdisciplinary collaborations among colleagues. 

    We are seeking Mentors that are NHLBI-supported investigators, to participate in the initiative.  Mentors must be willing to help Protégés further their careers in the biomedical sciences by devoting at least eight months to the eMentoring partnership.  In addition to other subjects, Mentors in the field of “Implementation” are encouraged to select “Translation Research” and/or “Implementation Science” from the list of subject classifiers to help ensure that the future research workforce is well trained and prepared to address heart, lung, blood and sleep-related conditions in the Translation Research and Implementation Science fields.  

    NHLBI-supported faculty and students are encouraged to visit the website at the following URL:

    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/research/training/e-mentoring/index.htm.

    To register to be a Mentor/Protégé requires only 3 - 5 minutes time.  Please contact Dr. Chitra Krishnamurti at (301) 451-7714 or email at krishnac@nhlbi.nih.gov if you have any questions or would like to discuss this further.  We look forward to active participation in the very near future.

Current Funding Opportunities

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Application Receipt Date(s): April 27, 2015

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funds research leading to patient safety improvements in all settings and systems of care delivery. While many researchers have endorsed a systems model as a way of thinking about entrenched patient safety problems, there has been a scarcity of programmatic activity that actually engages in new design and systems engineering effort, and that is focused on more than singular patient safety concerns. This P30 FOA calls for the creation and utilization of Patient Safety Learning Laboratories. These learning laboratories are places and professional networks where closely related threats to patient safety can be identified, where multidisciplinary teams generate new ways of thinking with respect to the threats, and where environments are established conducive to brainstorming and rapid prototyping techniques that stimulate further thinking. Learning laboratories further enable multiple develop-test-revise iterations of promising design features and subsystems of the sort that can be found in larger-scale engineering projects. Once the closely aligned projects or subsystems are developed, integrated, and implemented as an overall working system, the ultimate function of the learning laboratory is to evaluate the system in a realistic simulated or clinical setting with its full complement of facility design, equipment, people (patients, family members, and providers), new procedures and workflow, and organizational contextual features, as appropriate.

    Click here for more information about this funding opportunity.