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New Content ItemFacilitation is a promising implementation intervention, which requires theory-informed evaluation. New in Implementation Science, three linked articles outline the first cross-European randomized controlled trial evaluating different methods of facilitation (Seers et al), the embedded realist process evaluation (Rycroft-Malone et al), and the qualitative analysis from the external facilitators’ perspective (Harvey et al).


  1. Content type: Study protocol


    Authors: Ted A. Skolarus, Sarah T. Hawley, Daniela A. Wittmann, Jane Forman, Tabitha Metreger, Jordan B. Sparks, Kevin Zhu, Megan E. V. Caram, Brent K. Hollenbeck, Danil V. Makarov, John T. Leppert, Jeremy B. Shelton, Vahakn Shahinian, Sriram Srinivasaraghavan and Anne E. Sales

  2. Content type: Research


    Authors: Sarah A. Birken, Catherine L. Rohweder, Byron J. Powell, Christopher M. Shea, Jennifer Scott, Jennifer Leeman, Mary E. Grewe, M. Alexis Kirk, Laura Damschroder, William A. Aldridge II, Emily R. Haines, Sharon Straus and Justin Presseau

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Bryan WeinerBryan Weiner

Prof Weiner is Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Health Services at the University of Washington. He directs the Implementation Science Program in the Department of Global Health and serves as the Strategic Hire in Implementation Science for the School of Public Health.

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Aims and scope

Implementation Science is a pioneering, highly-accessed journal dedicated to publishing evidence regarding methods for promoting the uptake of consolidated research findings into routine healthcare practice and health policy. 

Implementation Science provides a unique, multidisciplinary platform for research on implementation strategies, including their development, outcomes, economics, process by which effects are achieved, and factors associated with implementation outcomes. The journal has a particular interest in rigorous studies and novel, theory-based approaches, and covers implementation science across the full spectrum of healthcare services and settings.

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Anne Sales, Department of Veterans Affairs and University of Michigan, USA

Michel Wensing, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Featured editorial

Enhancing the reporting of implementation research

By Paul M. Wilson, Anne Sales, Michel Wensing, Gregory A. Aarons, Signe Flottorp, Liz Glidewell, Alison Hutchinson, Justin Presseau, Anne Rogers, Nick Sevdalis, Janet Squires and Sharon Straus

Published on: 8 February 2017

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The Editors and staff of Implementation Science would like to warmly thank our peer reviewers whose comments have helped to shape the journal. Our annual reviewer acknowledgements are available here.

Editors' profiles

Anne SalesAnne Sales, Editor-in-Chief

Anne Sales is a Professor in the University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Learning Health Sciences, and Research Scientist at the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Her training is in sociology, health economics, econometrics, and general health services research. 

Her current work involves theory-based design of implementation interventions, including understanding how feedback reports affect provider behavior and through behavior change have an impact on patient outcomes, and the role of social networks in uptake of knowledge translation interventions.

Michel WensingMichel Wensing, Editor-in-Chief

Michel Wensing is Professor of Health Services Research and Implementation Science at the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research at Heidelberg University Hospital. He was trained in medical sociology, health economics, quality improvement, and health services research. He currently leads the two-year M.Sc. program Health Services Research and Implementation Science in the medical faculty of Heidelberg University. 

His research focuses on primary and ambulatory healthcare, with emphasis on general practice, and on implementation science concepts, such as tailored implementation, patient self-management, and provider networks. 

Michel Wensing has been a member of the Implementation Science editorial team since the journal started in 2006. In 2012, he took on the Editor-in-Chief position together with Anne Sales.

Paul WilsonPaul Wilson, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Paul Wilson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Greater Manchester.

Paul has a background in evidence synthesis with research interests that are focused around evidence informed decision making in health policy and practice. His interests include rapid review methodologies, the development and evaluation of methods to increase the uptake of research based knowledge to inform decisions relating to service delivery, redesign, disinvestment and the evaluation of service innovation in health systems.

Paul is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Protocols Editor of Implementation Science.


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