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An implementation research agenda

Martin P Eccles1*, David Armstrong2, Richard Baker3, Kevin Cleary4, Huw Davies5, Stephen Davies6, Paul Glasziou7, Irene Ilott8, Ann-Louise Kinmonth9, Gillian Leng10, Stuart Logan11, Theresa Marteau12, Susan Michie13, Hugh Rogers14, Jo Rycroft-Malone15 and Bonnie Sibbald16

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2 Division of Health and Social Care Research, Kings College, London, UK

3 Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

4 National Patient Safety Agency, London, UK

5 School of Management, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK

6 National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation Programme, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

7 Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

8 Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

9 General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

10 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, London, UK

11 NIHR PenCLAHRC, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, UK

12 Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, UK

13 Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness, Department of Psychology, University College London, London, UK

14 Service Transformation, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Coventry House, University of Warwick Campus, Coventry, UK

15 School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, UK

16 National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

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Implementation Science 2009, 4:18  doi:10.1186/1748-5908-4-18

Published: 7 April 2009

Abstract

In October 2006, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of England asked Professor Sir John Tooke to chair a High Level Group on Clinical Effectiveness in response to the chapter 'Waste not, want not' in the CMOs 2005 annual report 'On the State of the Public Health'. The high level group made recommendations to the CMO to address possible ways forward to improve clinical effectiveness in the UK National Health Service (NHS) and promote clinical engagement to deliver this. The report contained a short section on research needs that emerged from the process of writing the report, but in order to more fully identify the relevant research agenda Professor Sir John Tooke asked Professor Martin Eccles to convene an expert group – the Clinical Effectiveness Research Agenda Group (CERAG) – to define the research agenda. The CERAG's terms of reference were 'to further elaborate the research agenda in relation to pursuing clinically effective practice within the (UK) National Health Service'. This editorial presents the summary of the CERAG report and recommendations.