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How can we ensure our research leads to real world change?

How can we ensure our research leads to real world change?

Location: John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP

Date and Time:
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 15:00 - 16:30

Guest Speaker - Professor Martina Roes, Witten-Herdecke University. This lecture by Professor Martina Roes is part of our Improving Transitions in Dementia Care Public Lecture Series.

In this lecture Professor Roes will provide ideas about how to disseminate and implement changes in the care of people with dementia.

Rogers Everett once said that some innovations have an incubation time of 20 years. Unbelievable, but sometimes true. For example, the first patent on a zipper was granted in 1893 and the patent for the “modern” zipper in 1913. Although attempts were made to sell the product, sales did not begin to take off until the 1930s. But of course, within the demographic changes of our societies and the high need of innovative care approaches, we can’t afford to wait this long. The quality management people were among the first to identify that research has to be implemented faster, and developed the rapid-improvement-cycle. This implies that changes are made and tested over periods of three or months or less, rather than the standard eight to twelve months.

The implementation scientists pointed out that there is a need to do implementation, instead of letting implementation happen. These changes influence the way that intervention studies are now conducted. Instead of waiting to prove the effectiveness of an intervention, we address implementation issues at the same time as effectiveness. But, there is still a need to understand the synergies of tailored interventions and tailored implementation strategies and how they influence sustainability. One thing is for certain: there are different ways to ensure that our research leads to real change of practice! 

Speaker biography

Martina Roes is a Professor of Nursing Science and Health Care Research at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany and Group Leader of the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). Further details can be found on the University of Witten/Herdecke’s website.

Further information

Please contact the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies on 01274 233996 or with any queries. 

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