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Translating research into practice: Trials and tribulations

Rumsey, Nichola



Clinicians are regularly berated by governments for failing to engage in research and regularly reminded that the care they offer their patients should be ‘evidence-based’. Similarly, researchers are increasingly judged on the ‘real-world’ relevance and impact of their work. The logic of establishing enduring partnerships between clinicians and researchers is inescapable, yet these partnerships are the exception rather than the rule. The ‘trials’ inherent in partnership working and of translating research into practice are certainly considerable. In particular, the stakeholders in the process are many and all bring different agendas and priorities to the ‘party’, thus the task of achieving a consensus at all stages of the research process (from the conception of the research, through all stages of operationalization and in relation to the translation/application of the results in practice) is daunting.
There are, however, major benefits for patients, clinicians and researchers in overcoming these challenges and in both undertaking and applying translational research. Using examples from the UK-wide Cleft Collective Cohort Studies and from current Europe networks of clinicians and researchers, this paper will outline solutions to these challenges and examples of the ‘tribulations’ associated with collaborative research.


Rumsey, N. (2015, June). Translating research into practice: Trials and tribulations. Paper presented at European Craniofacial Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name European Craniofacial Congress
Conference Location Gothenburg, Sweden
Start Date Jun 24, 2015
End Date Jun 27, 2015
Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords research into practice
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : European Craniofacial Congress