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Applying research to practice

10 September, 2019
Research impact

Advice to help researchers to successfully translate their work into practice, has been published by the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR).

Implementation for Impact contains 10 Top Tips that will ‘enhance uptake of research and reduce research waste.'

Researchers are encouraged to consider:

  • Importance of leadership when mobilising knowledge across organisational boundaries
  • To express values and culture clearly and early on
  • Consider patient and public involvement and engagement
  • Design an implementation strategy
  • Explain how the research might be applied and by whom
  • Think about a pilot to test the theory and the best ways to measure the impact and progress
  • And how to measure success.

The tips document explains, "It takes on average 17 years to get research into practice and only 30-40% results in a demonstrable patient benefit. Implementation is a complex, multifaceted process that requires an interdisciplinary approach and considers patient and public priorities, and knowledge of theory," says CAHPR.

The CAHPR supports radiographers to take the first steps in research, as well as providing opportunities for learning, sharing, networking and collaborations. The Society is one of 13 AHP organisations that are part of CAHPR and the Society’s professional and education manager, Dr Rachel Harris, is the chair of the Council’s steering committee.

Download Implementation for Impact.

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