A proposal to speed translation of healthcare research into practice: dramatic change is needed

Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jun;40(6):637-44. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2011.02.023.


Efficacy trials have generated interventions to improve health behaviors and biomarkers. However, these efforts have had limited impact on practice and policy. It is suggested that key methodologic and contextual issues have contributed to this state of affairs. Current research paradigms generally have not provided the answers needed for more probable and more rapid translation. A major shift is proposed to produce research with more rapid clinical, public health, and policy impact.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / methods
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / trends*
  • Research / trends*
  • Research Design
  • Time Factors
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / methods
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / trends*


  • Biomarkers