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Resource Name:The Importance of Context in Implementation Research
File:click to download: edwards_barker_context_implementation_research_2014_(002).pdf
Resource Type:Article
Short Desc:This article describes the pertinence of context in HIV/ AIDS implementation research. Without attending to context and how it interacts with interventions, national protocols for HIV/AIDS interventions are likely to fail or under perform. With its focus on what works, for whom, under what contextual circumstances, and whether interventions are scalable, implementation research yields context-sensitive designs and enhances the likelihood of scale-up for equitable outcomes. A framework for implementation science is presented alongside a review of published HIV/AIDS protocols for complex interventions. A case study of the South African Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV program highlights the application of complex system improvement principles in developing adaptive and context-sensitive scale-up designs. Preliminary recommendations are provided that can be used to characterize context when reporting interventions and describing how context can be accounted for in implementation strategies.
Resource Date:01-Nov-14
Contact Person:Sharon Arscott-Mills
Related Topics:  Track 1: Sustain. in Community Health
 Track 3: Complex Systems
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