There is a serious misbalance in our country in the amount of resources we invest in discovering new treatments compared to the amount we invest in figuring out how to effectively deliver these treatments to the people who could benefit from them. In the last 10 years only about 1% of federal research dollars have been invested in the science of how to best implement evidence-based practice. Largely because of the lack of focus on these issues, it currently takes an average of 17 years for only 14% of research to be translated into practice! People may thus experience a significant delay in, or never be offered, interventions that have been proven to improve health.
In response to this gap between evidence generation and evidence implementation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded three new Centers for Excellence in Implementation of Preventive Services in 2012, one of which was awarded to our research team at the University of Colorado. The Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP) at the University of Colorado brings together expertise in implementation of preventive services, practice-based research networks (PBRNs) and national authorities in innovative health information technology (HIT). CRISP’s overall aim is to expand understanding of how to effectively implement interventions that work in order to improve preventive care for children and adults in the U.S.
In order to reach the most people CRISP is focusing on efforts that involve partnerships between primary care providers, public health entities and communities in the delivery of preventive care. We are also focusing on using innovative methods, such as bi-directional text-messaging and web-based methods in order to educate people about preventive services, remind them about important services and optimally coordinate their care. CRISP will also serve as an educational resource for other researchers, for providers and for communities that want to improve implementation of preventive services.
Please join us in helping to improve the health of our nation by more effectively implementing preventive services that have been shown to prevent disease. We welcome your suggestions and your involvement with CRISP!