Develop the science of implementation and spread

“It’s a whole new field of study to understand the research methods and to understand quality improvement. Implementation science needs support as an emerging field.” - Susan Edgman- Levitan, Massachusetts General Hospital

The Scale Up & Spread Round Table brought together a range of participants who drew on their diverse experience and professional backgrounds in medicine, health care services, business development, law, and other fields to thoughtfully consider the topics of the day such as essential elements of the business case for spread and ways to assess readiness of innovations for spread.

However, participants acknowledged the challenge and complexity of scale up and spread and the need to better understand how to accomplish it more efficiently and effectively. They welcomed the continued development of the science of implementation and spread so that the implementation of promising health care innovations can be greatly accelerated. As Steve Shields commented, “[I]mplementation science is very new for a lot of people and understanding how you do it in a systematic way is really helpful to a lot of people.”

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