Translation research: where do we go from here?

Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2004:1 Suppl 1:S78-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-475X.2004.04046.x.


Aim: Where do we go from here? This article draws on other articles in this supplement, the dialogue from the meeting that generated it, and other sources to identify steps to advance translation research, and in particular to achieve broader translation and use of evidence.

Implications: To move from the growing accumulation of individual successes in translation to broader scale translation and implementation of evidence, those who use research and those who do research will need to do four things: (1) increase synergy and synchronization across studies, through cross-disease studies, adoption of a common and precise language to describe interventions, addressing issues of customization of interventions, and finding commonality in quality and outcomes measures; (2) take account of organizational factors that can shape the impact of interventions, and also move to the implementation of organizational evidence; (3) address environmental factors such as reimbursement and market competition; and (4) take findings to a larger scale through national demonstrations, efforts of national agents of change, challenge or partnership grants, or use of provider-based networks.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Marketing of Health Services
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Research / organization & administration*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Reimbursement Mechanisms
  • Research Design
  • Transfer, Psychology
  • United States