The staffs of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) conducted 15 monthly telephone conference calls in which authors of recently published JAMA articles discussed their research findings with health care practitioners.
The purpose was to reduce the gap between available scientific knowledge and everyday practice. Practitioners were able to register for the calls without charge and participate on a toll-free line. The project included participant surveys to evaluate the impact of the calls.
A total of 3,517 individuals participated in the 15 conference calls conducted monthly from March 2005 through May 2006.
The number of participants varied from call to call—from 30 for a discussion of hernia repair to 1,061 for an article on health care performance measurement.
Of 119 participants who completed a three-month follow-up survey, 43 percent said they had made a change in their professional practice based on the Author in the Room discussion. Ninety percent said they found the discussion very valuable or somewhat valuable to their practice.