A well-established lag time exists between the publication of new clinical evidence, and the full integration of these findings into health care delivery systems. Research in the United States suggests that it may take, on average, 17 years for evidence to reach clinical practice.
Significant policy and research efforts have focused on strategies for reducing this gap, to identify new incentives and approaches that can better facilitate the dissemination and translation of evidence-based recommendations into practice.
To better understand some of these knowledge dissemination and outreach education strategies being implemented in the United States and around the world, GHDonline has invited a group of expert panelists to share and discuss their work, during the week of June 8 – 12.
We’re pleased to welcome our panelists for this discussion:
• Michael Fischer, MD, MS, Director of the National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD.org), and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
• Carol Havens, MD, Director of Physician Education and Development, Kaiser Permanente
• Amanda Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, Director, Vermont Academic Detailing Program, and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont
• Lyndee Knox, PhD, Executive Director, LA Net Collaboratory
• Lynn Weekes, PhD, CEO of NPS MedicineWise
Our panelists will offer insight into the following questions:
1. How can outreach education help close the “know-do” gap?
2. Where do you begin identifying the needs in a program, or the groups you work with?
3. What tools, techniques, or communication strategies are most effective in helping health care professionals adopt best practices?
4. What factors are critical to the success of outreach education programs? What are some of the challenges you and your colleagues have encountered with implementation?
5. What does success look like? How do you measure the efficacy and impact of knowledge dissemination and outreach education programs?
This panel is part of our US Communities Initiative, which is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and aims to foster discussions between health care professionals on evidence-based practices, and translating these practices across disparate settings, to improve health care delivery in underserved populations in the US.
In an effort to understand the impact of our Expert Panels, we’ve created a short (4 question) survey. Your responses are greatly appreciated—please take the survey before the discussion begins: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XS6WFD7
We look forward to a rich discussion next week—please join the conversation and share your questions or comments for our panelists!