Bridging the gap between basic science and clinical practice: a role for community clinicians.


Katherine Kahn, Gery Ryan, Megan Beckett, Stephanie Taylor, Claude Berrebi, Michelle Cho, Elaine Quiter, Allen Fremont, and Harold Pincus. 4/2011. “Bridging the gap between basic science and clinical practice: a role for community clinicians.” IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE, 6, 34, Pp. 1-11. Publisher's Version


Background: Translating the extraordinary scientific and technological advances occurring in medical research laboratories into care for patients in communities throughout the country has been a major challenge. One contributing factor has been the relative absence of community practitioners from the US biomedical research enterprise. Identifying and addressing the barriers that prevent their participation in research should help bridge the gap between basic research and practice to improve quality of care for all Americans. Methods: We interviewed over 200 clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders from 2004 through 2005 to develop a conceptual framework and set of strategies for engaging a stable cadre of community clinicians in a clinical research program. Results: Lack of engagement of community practitioners, lack of necessary infrastructure, and the current misalignment of financial incentives and research participation emerged as the three primary barriers to community clinic

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