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Getting To Implementation (GTI)-Teach: A seven-step approach for teaching the fundamentals of implementation science.

Rogal SS, Jonassaint C, Ashcraft L, Freburger J, Yakovchenko V, Kislovskiy Y, Phares A, Hershberger G, Goodrich DE, Chinman M. Getting To Implementation (GTI)-Teach: A seven-step approach for teaching the fundamentals of implementation science. Journal of clinical and translational science. 2022 Jun 17; 6(1):e100.

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INTRODUCTION: Implementation Science (IS) is a complex and rapidly evolving discipline, posing challenges for educators. We developed, implemented, and evaluated a novel, pragmatic approach to teach IS. METHODS: (GTI)-Teach was developed as a seven-step educational model to guide students through the process of developing, conducting, and sustaining an IS research project. During the four-week online course, students applied the steps to self-selected implementation problems. Students were invited to complete two online post-course surveys to assess course satisfaction and self-reported changes in IS knowledge and relevance of GTI-Teach Steps to their work. Results were summarized using descriptive statistics; self-reported post-course changes in IS knowledge were compared using paired t-tests. RESULTS: GTI-Teach was developed to include seven Steps: 1. Define the implementation problem; 2. Conceptualize the problem; 3. Prioritize implementation barriers and facilitators; 4. Select and tailor implementation strategies; 5. Design an implementation study; 6. Evaluate implementation; 7. Sustain implementation. Thirteen students, ranging in experience from medical students to full professors, enrolled in and completed the first GTI-Teach course. Of the seven students (54%) completing an end-of course survey, six (86%) were with the course. Ten students (77%) responded to the tailored, 6-month post-course follow-up survey. They retrospectively reported a significant increase in their knowledge across all steps of GTI-Teach (1.3-1.8 points on a 5-point Likert scale) and rated each of the Steps as highly relevant to their work. CONCLUSIONS: GTI-Teach is a seven-step model for teaching IS fundamentals that students reported increased their knowledge and was relevant to their work.

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