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February 23, 2005

Author in the Room: A Teleconference Series to Accelerate Health Care Improvement

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr DeAngelis is Editor-in-Chief, JAMA; Dr Berwick is president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 2005;293(8):1004. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.1004

Translating the results of published studies into clinical action is a challenge. JAMA readers know, and we acknowledge, that the devil is in the details in taking useful knowledge from page to patient—just as it is in moving basic scientific insights from bench to bedside. This is one of the reasons for the frustrating and recurring finding that important clinical research innovations rarely reach all the patients who potentially could benefit.

Thanks to a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, JAMA, in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is pleased to announce an 18-month test of a new resource called Author in the Room. This program is designed to help our readers explore specific, peer-reviewed articles directly with the articles’ authors so that the reported clinical science can be more effectively and quickly incorporated into clinical practice. This initiative will comprise 12 conference calls, roughly 1 call per month, each call focusing on the practical application of a potentially useful research finding that has recently been published in JAMA.

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