Proceedings from the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation

2018 Implementation Science  
NIH) hosted a one-day conference on its campus to spotlight leading researchers in the developing field of dissemination and implementation science. The conference, attended by several hundred people, was designed to expand interest in a set of NIH funding opportunity announcements that would generate studies to understand and improve upon processes for translating research evidence and transporting evidence-based health interventions into clinical and community practice settings. It was
more » ... ed by a technical assistance workshop where seventy investigators brought concepts for the next set of studies. Beginning the next year, the annual conference expanded into a two-day program, featuring multiple plenary sessions, calls for panel, paper and poster sessions, and expanded networking and opportunities to discuss the challenges in the field. In December 2017, we commemorated a decade of that journey with over 1200 researchers, practitioners and policymakers convening in the metro DC area for the 10 th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. As evidence of the growth of this research community and its productivity, this tenth iteration of the conference series expanded to a third day of programming, balancing concurrent paper sessions, hundreds of posters and topical discussions with a keynote speaker and four plenary panels, all reflecting on the growth of the field and the journey ahead. Contained within this supplement are the abstracts reflecting the concurrent sessions and lunchtime discussions, all representing the variety of dissemination and implementation research supported by our conference sponsors, including the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). An additional 391 papers were accepted for poster presentation and these can be viewed at the conference webapp ( We also celebrated the fourth year of a partnership between the NIH and AcademyHealth in co-hosting the conference and were assisted by a multidisciplinary program planning committee which informed the plenary session development, recruitment of key speakers and the topics for lunchtime discussions. We organized concurrent sessions across ten tracks, with two track leads managing the call for abstract development, review process and selection of thematic sessions. We also convened a scientific advisory panel to advise on the overall conference, particularly highlighting the theme of the decade of progress and future directions to come. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean of the School of Public Health at Boston College, who delivered the opening keynote address stressing the importance of understanding the underlying influences on population health and how they affect the targets of what should be implemented and where. Indeed, recognizing the interface between health care and population health is something that the next generation of dissemination and implementation studies will need to concentrate on as health and health care increase in their complexity. The conference featured four plenary panel sessions, two focusing on specific challenges within D&I science and two focusing on changes that have been observed in the past decade. The first two provided multiple perspectives on the generation, synthesis and determination of sufficiency of research evidence for implementation, as well as the potential synergies between health equity studies and D&I science. The latter two discussed a number of emergent areas in the field, including advances in measurement, technology, methods and the rise of learning healthcare systems, as well as a reflection on D&I research and practice within health systems and community settings. All were conducted through a town hall format, and benefitted greatly from the wise comments and probing questions of the audience. The tracks through which concurrent sessions were organized included Behavioral Health, Big Data and Technology for Dissemination and Implementation Research, Clinical Care Settings (this year separated into two tracks: Patient-level interventions and System-level interventions due to the growth of content in this area), Global Dissemination and Implementation, Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities, Health Policy Dissemination and Implementation, Prevention and Public Health, and Models, Measures and Methods, along with a new track on Building the Future of D&I Research. The planning committee worked to enable conference participants to follow a consistent theme across the multiple sessions of the conference, although we recognized that many conference participants shared interests across tracks. This supplement is once again organized by these track themes. The call for abstracts, including individual paper presentations, individual posters and panel presentations, resulted in 701 submissions, spread across the ten thematic tracks. Over one hundred reviewers from multiple disciplines, sectors, settings and career stages devoted their time to ensuring a comprehensive and expert review, and reviews were conducted within each track and coordinated by the track leads. For the final program, 29 oral abstract sessions, 12 panels, and 391 posters were presented over the three-day meeting, in addition to a "poster slam". Slides for the oral presentations and panels (with the agreement of the authors) were posted on the conference website ( and all abstracts were included on the conference webapp (https://academy For the second year in a row, the poster slam allowed presentations that enabled Implementation Science 2018, 13(Suppl 4):46
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