Sometimes when you conduct research the only results worth
communicating get embedded in academic journal articles.
Other times, the research has meaningful "real-world" application
for people who won't bother with reading academic journals.
Our center is approaching this latter situation. We have a
number of studies in their last stages and with very promising
implications for healthcare organization leaders, managers,
physicians and nurses. So our research teams are now planning
for the transition to creating, refining, and pre-testing "applied
products" to help improve health and healthcare. Some
products will be simple: Borchures, reminders that pop up in
EMRs, checklists. Simple can be good (and cheap). Other
products may be more involved such as training programs and CME
courses. This will be the focus of our 2013 annual
meeting. It's very cool when you work with researchers who
really, really care about making a difference! And there are
lots of little roles for research expertise in the production
process of applied products. If you'd like to get involved,
let me know.