Bridging the gap between research evidence and its implementation in public health practice: case studies of embedded research model

Abisope Akintola, Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Stephanie Kilinc

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Abstract

Aim: To investigate the potential of embedded research in bridging the gap between research evidence and its implementation in public health practice.
Methods: Using a case study methodology, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 4 embedded researchers, 9 public health practitioners, and 4 other stakeholders (2 teachers and 2 students) across four case study sites. Sites and individuals were purposively selected. Sites included two local authorities, one secondary school, and one sports organisation. Thematic data analysis was adopted to analyse the qualitative data.
Results: Four themes were identified: (1) building and maintaining relationships, (2) working with stakeholders, (3) informing practice, and (4) critical refection.
Conclusions: Embedded researchers build and maintain relationships with practitioners and other stakeholders to produce research. Evidence from the co-produced research informs future practice and research to improve service and delivery rendered to the public. Thus, embedded researchers use their role to bridge the research evidence-implementation gap in public health practice.
Keywords: Public health, Embedded research, Research-based evidence, Co-production, Research evidence-implementation gap
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2024

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