Implementation science in times of Covid-19

Michel Wensing, Anne Sales, Rebecca Armstrong, Paul Wilson

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The emergence of SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 affects all of us and is associated with rapid and massive changes in healthcare and societies. As a response, a range of interventions for patients and populations have been implemented in health and preventive settings, or need to be implemented in the short and long term. Implementation science offers a multidisciplinary perspective and systematic approach for the design, evaluation and analysis of programmes and policies to enhance implementation. The emergence of Covid-19 provides an urgent need to develop new perspectives and approaches in implementation science, such as the addition of innovative and rigorous approaches to the collection, use and analysis of 'real-world' data. Above all, we hope that implementation scientists will focus on what they can contribute to manage Covid-19 and its consequences for people, healthcare and society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42
JournalImplementation science: IS
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2020


  • Betacoronavirus
  • Communicable Disease Control/organization & administration
  • Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology
  • Data Collection
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Health Services Accessibility/organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Implementation Science
  • Pandemics/prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology
  • Telemedicine/organization & administration


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