Implementation Science in Action at UCSF

Implementation Science Links Research with Real-World Practice to Improve Health

UCSF is seeking to build a diverse community of researchers in the field of study called "implementation science," which addresses the wide-ranging challenges of translating research knowledge into real-life practice with the ultimate aim of improving health. Read more

Tracking and Treating Tuberculosis in Developing Countries

A patient in rural Uganda is diagnosed with tuberculosis but never begins treatment. In Vietnam, someone with infectious TB might never be diagnosed because the health center is too far away. Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, is working to address challenges in Uganda and Vietnam by applying techniques of implementation science. Read more

Helping Women Make Informed Decisions about Reproductive Health

Although it’s proven that contraception prevents pregnancy, it’s also clear that many women who don’t want to get pregnant don’t use or don’t have access to contraception. Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS, a family physician based at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, used implementation science to help women navigate this issue. Read more

Implementation Science Q&A With Program Director Ralph Gonzales
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Implementation science is a relatively new way of describing efforts to improve health by taking advantage of proven — though often underutilized — health interventions and thoughtfully and creatively applying them for general use.”
                             —Ralph Gonzales, MD