Implementation research is focused on the question how healthcare practice, management and policy can be improved, when it has become clear what is advisable (for example in clinical guidelines) as well as what the actual quality of care is (for example by using indicators).
Improvement means that healthcare has better outcomes for the patient and for society. Strategies studied deal for example with continuing education and computerized decision support for healthcare professionals, actively involving patients in care, revision of professional roles, enhancing patient care teams, and changing the practice organization or reimbursement of healthcare providers.
Regarding content, implementation research deals with a variety of patients, diseases, healthcare professionals and care sectors. The majority of our projects deals with primary care, including chronic illness care, pharmaceutical patient care, and out-of-hours care.
Prof.dr. Michel Wensing is professor implementation science and head of the primary care research team within IQ healthcare