This is a focused request for applications (RFA) open to dissemination and implementation sleep research projects.
It’s well-known that there is a significant lag time for biomedical research to reach clinical practice, all while there is rapid development of therapies for sleep and circadian disorders that are not reaching the hands of patients.1 Dissemination and implementation research can help reduce this gap and increase the uptake of evidence-based research findings into real-world practice settings in order to provide optimal, patient-centered, cost-effective diagnosis and care for people with sleep disorders, which is the goal of the Strategic Research Grant.
Dissemination and implementation are defined as:
- Dissemination is the intentional, active process of identifying target audiences and tailoring communication strategies to increase awareness and understanding of evidence, and to motivate its use in policy, practice, and individual choices.
- Implementation is the deliberate, iterative process of integrating evidence into policy and practice through adapting evidence to different contexts and facilitating behavior change and decision making based on evidence across individuals, communities, and healthcare systems.2
The AASM Foundation will support dissemination and implementation sleep research through the Strategic Research Grant focused on these research domains:
1. Dissemination and Implementation of AASM Clinical Practice Standards
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) publishes various evidence-based practice standards, such as clinical practice guidelines, clinical guidance statements, position statements, and consensus statements and papers. Research must focus on strategies that increase the accessibility, usefulness, and uptake of the AASM’s evidence and recommendations among targeted end-users, such as clinicians, patients, caregivers, decision makers and healthcare stakeholders.
2. Dissemination and Implementation of Research Findings from Funded AASM Foundation Research Projects
The AASM Foundation is committed to moving evidence generated from AASM Foundation-funded projects into practice to improve the diagnosis and care for people with sleep disorders. Research must focus on strategies that facilitate the uptake of AASM Foundation-funded research project findings in real-world practice settings and targeted populations. The proposal can be submitted by the original AASM Foundation-funded research project investigator or by an individual investigator with support from the original investigator whose findings are being disseminated or implemented in the project proposal.
1 Parthasarathy, S., Carskadon, M. A., Jean-Louis, G., Owens, J., Bramoweth, A., Combs, D., Hale, L., Harrison, E., Hart, C. N., Hasler, B. P., Honaker, S. M., Hertenstein, E., Kuna, S., Kushida, C., Levenson, J. C., Murray, C., Pack, A. I., Pillai, V., Pruiksma, K., Seixas, A., … Buysse, D. (2016). Implementation of Sleep and Circadian Science: Recommendations from the Sleep Research Society and National Institutes of Health Workshop. Sleep, 39(12), 2061–2075. https://doi.org/10.5665/sleep.6300
2 PCORI Dissemination & Implementation Mathematica Framework.