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Ensuring clinical effectiveness and efficiency - closing the gap between scientific knowledge and practice, a collaborative project between the European Union and Southern Africa

Objective

* To establish whether common research models and implementation strategies are applicable to both EC countries and Southern Africa.

* To link synergistically with a CA study funded by the BIOMED 2 programme entitled "Bridging the gap between science and practice: How to change health care provider behaviour through implementing clinical practice guidelines" (short title: Changing Professional Practice) and any other relevant INCO funded projects in the Southern African region.

* To build a network of mutually supportive researchers in Southern Africa and Europe (involving partners from at least three countries in the EC and three in Southern Africa).

* To train researchers in Southern Africa in the methodology of systematic reviews, guideline development, guideline implementation, rigorous evaluations of guideline implementation and dissemination of findings of implementation research.

* To publish the results of this process in peer reviewed journals and develop resource materials for training researchers (monographs, databases, E-mail discussion groups).

* To work with the HealthLink and HealthNet networks - with the intention of thereby supporting their further development.
Expected Outcome

* The establishment of an implementation research network.

* The submission of a further application to the EC for continued funding to support the conduct of individual projects.
* Develop a network of mutually supporting researchers in Southern Africa and Europe.

* Organise three education and training workshops to bring together European and Southern African participants in a collaborative network to support the development of research protocols for implementation studies.

* Publish four newsletters in paper and electronic (via the World Wide Web) formats.

* Develop training materials for future implementation research.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
Address
Medical School
AB25 2ZD Aberdeen
United Kingdom