Connecting to improve clinical practice - lessons from implementation science

Connell, Louise Anne orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0629-2919 (2022) Connecting to improve clinical practice - lessons from implementation science. In: ISCP Conference 2022, 13-16 October 2022, Online.

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It is often cited it takes 17 years for evidence to get into everyday practice, though the pandemic demonstrated how this varies dramatically. In stroke and neurorehabilitation, the evidence suggests that for optimal motor recovery to occur, rehabilitation should include intensive, and repetitive task specific practice for a prolonged period. However, the reality is that dose of rehabilitation is low and often of limited intensity. Implementation science, the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare practice, emerged to improve evidence use. The evidence regarding implementation of research into the real clinical world will be discussed, identifying what we know
about how to implement evidence to improve neurorehabilitation practice. This will include examples from our work in stroke rehabilitation and highlight the importance of connections. Conclusions will be made about how to apply an implementation lens to increase the use of evidence in practice and discuss ways forward to improve clinical practice.

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