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Getting Evidence into Practice: Tackling inequality by implementing high quality research

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2809
  1. Karen Pettersen, deputy editor
  1. 1Clinical Evidence, BMJ Evidence Centre, London, UK
  1. kpettersen{at}

A vast amount of medical research is published every day: an average of 11 systematic reviews and 75 controlled trials (PLoS Med 2010;7:e1000326). Information overload is often cited as the main reason why much of this research never affects clinical practice and so fails to lead to the promised improvements in healthcare. So what can be done to change this?

The Getting Evidence into Practice award recognises the efforts of clinicians committed to successful implementation of high quality research. Our expectations of entries were high: we looked for initiatives that not only implemented high quality research (from guidelines or protocols based on systematic reviews or from individual systematic reviews) but also used evidence based implementation protocols and demonstrated improvements in outcomes that matter to patients.

Our entries this year included initiatives as diverse as a programme conducted in Manchester to increase rates of diagnosis of chronic kidney failure; a multicentre initiative spanning America, Canada, Europe, and Asia to implement the World Health Organization Safer Surgical Checklist; and a Hong Kong initiative aimed at localising …

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