Implementation in health care and society

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Implementation issues are becoming more and more important in health care and in the society at large. The research program Implementation aims to conduct high-quality interdisciplinary research and education to address important issues concerning implementation and research use in health care and society at large. 

Implementation studies are conducted in numerous areas, including patient safety, lifestyle, physiotherapy and e-health. An acclaimed PhD-level course on implementation is given annually, attracting participants from across Sweden and also from the Nordic countries. International networking is an important aspect of the program, with collaboration with and visits from leading implementation researchers to Linköping University for lectures and discussions. Networking in the Nordic Implementation Network as well as the European Implementation Collaboration (EIC) and the Global Implementation Collaboration (GIC) is also important.

The program engages researchers from medical, technical and philosophical faculties.

Local research network

Researchers and practitioners who take an interest in implementation science at Linköping University and other organizations are welcome to participate in a local research network. Regular meetings and seminars are held to discuss implementation science matters. For more information, please contact Per Nilsen:

Ongoing research projects

  • Implementation of a best practice primary care model for low back pain (BetterBack:))
  • Implementation of medication reviews in hospital care
  • Implementation of a Program for Physiotherapeutic Treatment of Neck Disorders
  • Implementation of evidence based methods in physiotherapeutic treatment of shoulder disorders
  • Injury preventive neuromuscular training in youth sports – training effects and implementation
  • Implementation of appropriate laboratory diagnosis in primary care
  • Patient participation for safer care
  • Learning from adverse events reporting
  • Patient safety culture
  • Patient safety in home care
  • Alcohol and smoking prevention in health care
  • Standardized cancer care pathways
  • Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for heart failure patients
  • Research activity and use among physicians and nurses

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PhD-course on Implementation Science
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Implementation - Theory and application in health care

The implementation research program at Linköping University offers a highly acclaimed annual course at postgraduate level. The course, "Implementation - Theory and Application in Healthcare" (5 credits), is open also for post-doc researchers. The course is given yearly since 2011. Teachers in the course are both from Linköping University and other universities. The course has garnered highly favourable course assessments and attracts PhD students from across Sweden as well as participants from the neighbouring Nordic countries. More information about the course (pdf) >>

This PhD-level course provides a broad introduction to the development of implementation science and the research conducted in this field. The aim is to increase understanding of the challenges of implementation in healthcare and convey in-depth knowledge concerning theories, models and frameworks that are of practical use in the participants’ own implementation studies.

The course is taught in English. Work is conducted on half-time basis and course participants meet in Linköping on three occasions for lectures and group discussions. Course materials are studied in between these meetings. 

Course Registration

The next course will be given in autumn 2019 with on-site meetings 2-3 September (Please note: due to lecturer´s other commitments we had to change the in the dates for our first on-site gathering of the PhD course in Implementation Science at Linköping University. Monday September 2nd and Tuesday September 3rd are the new dates.), 1-3 October, 28 November. Registration is now open.

Register by sending an E-mail to Margit Neher no later than 30 April. Provide information about name, personal identity number (if applicable), your current position and your Institution. A short description of your PhD project (300-350 words) should be attached. The course is open for PhD students and post-doc researchers.  There are in total 20 places available, and priority is given to students who are registered for PhD studies.

Notifications of acceptance will be provided at the end of May. 

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Petra Dannapfel, Anneli Peolsson, Per Nilsen (2013)

Implementation Science , Vol.8 Continue to DOI

Per Nilsen, Christian Ståhl, Kerstin Roback, Paul Cairney (2013)

Implementation Science , Vol.8 Continue to DOI

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