Implementation Science in Perioperative Care

Meghan B. Lane-Fall*, Benjamin T. Cobb, Crystal Wiley Cené, Rinad S. Beidas

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There is a 17-year gap between the initial publication of scientific evidence and its uptake into widespread practice in health care. The field of implementation science (IS) emerged in the 1990s as an answer to this “evidence-to-practice gap.” In this article, we present an overview of implementation science, focusing on the application of IS principles to perioperative care. We describe opportunities for additional training and discuss strategies for funding and publishing IS work. The objective is to demonstrate how IS can improve perioperative patient care, while highlighting perioperative IS studies and identifying areas in need of additional investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018


  • Evidence-based practice
  • Evidence-practice gap
  • Implementation science
  • Perioperative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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