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Surgical Innovation
October 2015

What Surgeons Can Learn From the Emerging Science of Implementation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
  • 2IDEAS 2.0 Center, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Salt Lake City, Utah
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(10):1006-1007. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.2240

Implementation science is the study and application of methods to promote the integration of evidence-based research findings into health care policy and practice.1,2 This field has emerged over the past decade as an innovative scientific approach designed to allow health care professionals to better understand implementation barriers, processes, and facilitators within health care systems, as well as develop strategies for improving the adoption of effective practices.2 Surgeons can use implementation methods and strategies to promote the successful uptake of new evidence-based interventions into their own practice-based setting.