Research Article  |   March 2013
Dissemination: Bringing Translational Research to Completion
Author Affiliations
  • Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor and Associate Dean and Chair, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, 1540 Alcazar Street, CHP-133, Los Angeles, CA 90089; fclark@usc.edu
  • Daniel J. Park, OTD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Janice P. Burke, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Dean, Jefferson School of Health Professions, and Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Sensory Integration and Processing / Special Issue on the Accelerating Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research (ACTOR) Conference
Research Article   |   March 2013
Dissemination: Bringing Translational Research to Completion
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2013, Vol. 67, 185-193. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.006148
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2013, Vol. 67, 185-193. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.006148
Abstract

Despite the availability of innovative health care research, a gap exists between research-generated knowledge and the utilization of that knowledge in real-world practice settings. This article examines the transition from research to implementation in the context of the dissemination of A. Jean Ayres’ sensory integration procedures and of the challenges currently facing the University of Southern California Well Elderly Studies research team. Drawing from the emerging field of implementation science, this article discusses how researchers can develop an implementation plan to more easily translate evidence into practice. Such plans should address the intervention’s reach (i.e., its capacity to penetrate into the intended target population), the settings for which it is applicable, the leaders who will encourage practitioner uptake, stakeholder groups, and challenges to dissemination. By taking action to ensure the more effective dissemination of research-generated knowledge, researchers can increase the likelihood that their interventions will lead to improvements in practice and more effective care for consumers.