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Call for papers: Implementation science and practice: pilot and feasibility studies from the field

Guest Editors: PJ Naylor and Maureen C Ashe

Pilot and Feasibility Studies invites you to submit to our new thematic series, ‘Implementation science and practice: pilot and feasibility studies from the field’.

There is a natural synergy between the emerging fields of implementation science and practice, and pilot and feasibility studies. The term implementation is commonly referred to as the “scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice, and, hence, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services”. To support this process, recently developed methods and guidelines for conducting and reporting of pilot and/or feasibility studies can serve to strengthen methods for these study designs, and provide much needed contextual information for the larger study, or even practice. Thus, in this special topic, we are pleased to provide a venue to showcase these two integrated and emerging fields that together can strengthen public and clinical practice.

We have two main goals for this special topic:

  1. Define and explore scientific objectives and methods within pilot or feasibility studies that lead the way for future implementation research programs. It is hoped that these exemplary studies will also span the continuum of research from idea generation to implementation and scale up.; and
  2. To provide a discussion on the essential role that these early studies play in generating rigorous and relevant evidence.

We welcome all types of submissions, and aim to provide examples of pilot and feasibility studies across the continuum of implementation and evaluation. We also encourage submission of commentaries, debates and opinion pieces.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure the correct collection title is chosen from the additional information tab. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered in the ‘Implementation science and practice: pilot and feasibility studies from the field’ series.

For further information, please use the contact us email on the journal website.

  1. Content type: Research

    Many interventions designed to meet physical activity guideline recommendations focus on a single component (e.g., walking), to the detriment of other elements of a healthy lifestyle, such as reducing prolonge...

    Authors: Maureen C. Ashe, Nicola Y. Edwards, Amanda Taylor, Laura Burnett, Lora Giangregorio, Kate Milne, Lindy Clemson and Lena Fleig

    Citation: Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2019 5:84

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  2. Content type: Research

    Clinical guidelines for management of low back pain (LBP) are not routinely implemented in practice, and guidelines rarely offer tools for implementation. Therefore, we developed GLA:D® Back, a standardised in...

    Authors: Alice Kongsted, Jan Hartvigsen, Eleanor Boyle, Inge Ris, Per Kjaer, Line Thomassen and Werner Vach

    Citation: Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2019 5:65

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  3. Content type: Research

    Children admitted to nutritional rehabilitation units (NRUs) for inpatient treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are at high risk of poor developmental and nutritional outcomes. The Kusamala Program is ...

    Authors: Allison I Daniel, Meta van den Heuvel, Melissa Gladstone, Mike Bwanali, Wieger Voskuijl, Celine Bourdon, Isabel Potani, Sara Fernandes, Jenala Njirammadzi and Robert H J Bandsma

    Citation: Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2018 4:151

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