Pragmatic Applications of RE-AIM for Health Care Initiatives in Community and Clinical Settings

Prev Chronic Dis. 2018 Jan 4;15:E02. doi: 10.5888/pcd15.170271.


The RE-AIM (Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance) planning and evaluation framework has been applied broadly, but users often have difficulty in applying the model because of data collection needs across multiple domains and sources. Questions in the more common "who, what, where, how, when, and why" format may be an effective guide to ensure that individual participants, organization staff, and the perspectives of the setting are considered in planning and evaluation. Such a format can also help users in typical community and clinical settings to identify which outcomes are most valued and to focus limited measurement resources. Translations of RE-AIM that are easy to understand and apply are needed for application in real-world community and clinical settings where research and evaluation resources are limited. The purpose of this article is to provide simplified, pragmatic, user-centered and stakeholder-centered recommendations to increase the use of RE-AIM in community and clinical settings and in translational research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services / methods
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Humans
  • Pragmatic Clinical Trials as Topic / methods*
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / methods