An analysis of the science of translational research focusing on the information needed for closing evidence practice gaps

For many health problems in the United States, the state of the science (what researchers collectively know) and the state of the art (what practitioners collectively do) co-exist more or less autonomously, each realm of activity often having little effect on the other. This situation has been referred to as a "quality chasm" by the Institute of Medicine, a "problem of translation" by the National Cancer Institute and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and a challenge of "going to scale" by health care entrepreneurs. The purpose of this project is to assess the science of translational research in terms of what we know and what we need to know to move this literature forward in a coherent direction that impacts practice. This research could provide valuable information for the Foundation and its Pioneer Portfolio of programming. It will work to build the science of translational research that will propagate the application of effective interventions. Such an objective is a natural extension of the team's work, one with potential value for affecting the state of the science and most critically, the state of the art in American health and health care. The deliverables for this project include a white paper and a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $54,500.00

Awarded on: 8/25/2005

Time frame: 9/1/2005 - 2/28/2006

Grant Number: 53534


Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI)

2436 Woodlake Circle, Suite 300
Okemos, 48864-6008


James W. Dearing
Project Director