Addressing health disparities through implementation science-a need to integrate an equity lens from the outset

Implement Sci. 2022 Jan 31;17(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s13012-022-01189-5.


There is increasing attention being given to opportunities and approaches to advance health equity using implementation science. To reduce disparities in health, it is crucial that an equity lens is integrated from the earliest stages of the implementation process. In this paper, we outline four key pre-implementation steps and associated questions for implementation researchers to consider that may help guide selection and design of interventions and associated implementation strategies that are most likely to reach and be effective in reducing health disparities among vulnerable persons and communities.

Keywords: Co-design; Community engagement; Disparities; Equity; Implementation science.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Health Equity*
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Humans
  • Implementation Science*
  • Research Personnel