Evidence-informed solutions must be successfully implemented if they are to reduce falls across the lifespan and improve outcomes for people living with acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury. It is in this phase of the continuum that ONF relies on its strong and broad relationships with policy makers, program developers and those at the frontline of care and program delivery. Working in partnership ONF supports its stakeholders to integrate evidence-informed practices into the healthcare system to directly improve the impact of care for those living with neurotrauma and ensure effective prevention of acquired and spinal cord injuries.
What is implementation?
Implementation is a clearly defined set of activities designed to put into practice an activity or program of known dimensions over a period of time, creating sustainable change. (National Implementation Research Network)
- Introducing and embedding a new process in practice (e.g. patients complete a diagnostic tool prior to being assessed)
- Incorporating a new technology to track patient’s care, which enhances patient experience and improves clinicians’ ability to see changes over time
- Implementing standardized training materials to educate staff on evidence-based tools and processes
Implementation Practice vs. Dissemination Practice
- Implementation practice: using strategies to change people’s behaviour
- Dissemination practice: sharing information, ideally in a bidirectional way, to raise awareness and increase knowledge about something