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Research to Practice
Research Review
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From Research to Practice

Good research takes time, but bringing discoveries into the workplace where they can change lives can take even longer. According to one widely cited study1, it takes an average of 17 years for clinical research findings to reach clinical practice.

Even after a discovery is published, the information may still not reach practitioners in a timely fashion. Peer-reviewed journals are costly, and practitioners often don’t have much time for a deep dive into detailed academic reports. Yet much valuable work is being done - work with potentially far-reaching consequences; work that helps to solve the larger puzzle of how to improve lives and create real impact.

Below are areas where our faculty and students are making discoveries that have implications for social work practice. Within each topic are links to summaries of research findings that social workers can potentially use to improve outcomes and transform lives.

1 Balas EA, Boren SA. Managing clinical knowledge for health care improvement. In: Bemmel J, McCray AT, editors. Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2000: Patient-Centered Systems. Stuttgart, Germany: Schattauer Verlagsgesellschaft mbH; 2000:65-70.