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Bootstrapping implementation research training: A successful approach for academic health centers.

Stevens KR, de la Rosa E, Ferrer RL, Finley EP, Flores BE, Forgione DA, Noel PH, Reistetter TA, Valerio-Shewmaker M, Wooten KC. Bootstrapping implementation research training: A successful approach for academic health centers. Journal of clinical and translational science. 2021 Jul 26; 5(1):e168.

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Demand for building competencies in implementation research (IR) outstrips supply of training programs, calling for a paradigm shift. We used a bootstrap approach to leverage external resources and create IR capacity through a novel 2-day training for faculty scientists across the four Texas Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). The Workshop combined internal and external expertise, targeted nationally established IR competencies, incorporated new National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute OpenAccess online resources, employed well-known adult education principles, and measured impact. CTSA leader buy-in was reflected in financial support. Evaluation showed increased self-reported IR competency; statewide initiatives expanded. The project demonstrated that, even with limited onsite expertise, it was possible to bootstrap resources and build IR capacity de novo in the CTSA community.

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