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The next ResNetSLT Tweetchat will take place on Wednesday, 25th April 25th (7.30 - 8.30pm UK time).

The chat will be hosted by Amy Hilton (@AmySlt) and Sally Morgan (@sallymorganslt) and will be based in this paper: 'An introduction to implementation science for the non-specialist'.

This article aims to introduce non-specialists to implementation science. It defines implementation science as:

'the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other EBP's (evidence based practices) into routine practice, and, hence, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services'.

In other words, implementation science is the study of ways we can promote the introduction and usage of evidence-based approaches and interventions into everyday practice in the 'real clinical world'.

This is in the hope that the gap between the published research evidence base and changes to clinical practice can be bridged. This is important because there are ever increasing pressure and demand on services to use evidence-based practice.

However this can be difficult with many potential barriers to changing clinician's behaviour e.g. resource and time constraints, habits, service policies and procedures.

Implementation science therefore has a large role to play in assisting the implementation of EBP and interventions in order to maximise healthcare value and provide best outcomes for patients.

The Tweetchat will be based around these questions:
  • What was your interpretation of the term 'implementation science' prior to reading this article? How has your knowledge changed?
  • Can you provide any examples of research evidence base you are trying to introduce/implement in your workplace?
  • Can you describe some of barriers there are to changing practice and do you think implementation science could assist with defining the barriers and finding solutions?
  • What action are you going to implement following this discussion?

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