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Title: Mind the Gap! Challenges translating cardiac telerehabilitation research into practice.
Author: Rawstron, Jonathon
Cartledge, S.
Islam, S.
Wallen, M.
Grace, F.
Evans, Luke
Amerena, J.
Maddison, R.
Issue Date: 2019
Conference Name: Western Alliance Sixth Annual Symposium
Conference Date: 2 - 4 November
Conference Place: Ballarat, Australia
Abstract: Aim:Exercise is a key component of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) but access to traditional face-to-face services is a major participation barrier outside metropolitan areas. Use of emerging technologies to deliver real-time remote exercise supervision has proven to be effective and affordable in scientific trials, but processes required to successfully bridge the gap to clinical practice are unknown. Methods: Methods: We are engaging CR healthcare consumers, professionals, and managers/executives in a 3-phase multisite implementation study to create and evaluate context-specific strategies that promote successful, scalable, sustainable translation of real-time cardiac telerehabilitation into clinical practice. Study phases include qualitatively identifying important factors that contribute to successful translation, co-designing a toolkit of actionable, context-specific strategies to guide translation initiatives, and testing the toolkit in a small pilot implementation study. Results: Results: Study phase 1 is in progress but key practical learnings about academic-clinical partnerships have already emerged. Alignment between academic objectives and clinical needs is not always a fast-track to success, communication is complex, and key translational issues may arise before the study designed to investigate them has even started. Conclusion: Conclusion: Journeying across the translational gap is fraught with challenge but academic-clinical partnerships are essential to realise the potential impact of telerehabilitation on service access, delivery, and outcomes. Readiness for bilateral contribution seems important to turn ‘collaboration’ into ‘partnership’.
Internal ID Number: 01462
Type: Conference
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