What is it about?

A guide has been developed to improve the quality and impact of implementation trials. An international group of researchers and policy makers with experience in the design and conduct of implementation trials were brought together to create the guide. The guide consolidates new and established implementation science methods. The guide provides guidance for developing, conducting and reporting randomized implementation trials.

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Why is it important?

Research stakeholders, including researchers, research funders and publishers have a responsibility to uphold, and contribute to improving the scientific quality of health research. However, this is difficult in an emerging discipline like implementation science, where scientific conventions are being established and advancement is rapid. The adoption of this guide as a resource for i) researchers and research training; ii) the preparation of funding submissions and iii) authors and peer-reviewers of submissions to scientific journals may improve the rigorous design, funding and publication of high implementation trials.

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Despite their importance to public heath and medical service improvement, implementation trials often have serious limitations, reducing their potential contribution to implementation science and community health. This guide is designed to assist research stakeholders to produce high quality implementation science.

Professor Luke Wolfenden
University of Newcastle

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This page is a summary of: Designing and undertaking randomised implementation trials: guide for researchers, BMJ, January 2021, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136/bmj.m3721.
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