Implementation Science

Implementation Science

Closing the gap between scientific discovery and patient care must be a top priority.

Our Thinking

As practicing physicians, we never forget to put patients at the center of all we do. Our research is designed to match the demands of a rapidly changing clinical practice environment and establish new treatment standards and guidelines. From bench to bedside, clinical research designed with patient care in mind can help to speed the translation of scientific evidence into practical therapies, changing the healthcare system for the better and improving the lives of patients around the world.

Eric Peterson, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
Professor of Medicine,
Fred Cobb, M.D. Professor of Medicine

"How can we accelerate the adoption of research into practice?"

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Pam Douglas

Translating Duke Health


Pamela Douglas, MD, discusses how the Translating Duke Health initiative is accelerating the development of cardiac research into tools and therapies that can improve patients' lives.

Ann Marie Navar

The Future of Clinical Research

In the News

In a story for Forbes, contributor David Shaywitz describes the DCRI as "ground zero for clinical research" and explains how DCRI faculty are closing the gap between scientific discoveries and real-world treatments.

Improving Outcomes for Heart Attack Patients


Christopher Granger, MD, explains how the DCRI has improved care for heart attack patients in North Carolina and around the country.

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Collaboration: The Baseline Study

The Duke University School of Medicine, in partnership with Verily Life Sciences and Stanford Medicine, have launched the Project Baseline study, a longitudinal study that will collect broad phenotypic health data from approximately 10,000 participants, who will each be followed over the course of at least four years.

The study is designed to develop a well-defined reference, or “baseline,” of health as well as a rich data platform that may be used to better understand the transition from health to disease and identify additional risk factors for disease. Beyond this initial study, Project Baseline endeavors to test and develop new tools and technologies to access, organize and activate health information.


Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and the director of Health Policy and Implementation Science for Duke's Department of Orthopaedics. She has a secondary appointment in the Duke University School of Nursing, is affiliate faculty with the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), a senior fellow of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and is a fellow of the American Heart Association.

Her research is dedicated to establishing real world evidence aimed to improve health care quality and policies that reduce the burden of disease and disability. She is funded by NIH and the VA as an implementation scientist on studies to prevent functional decline. She is also funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Medical Research Council/Wellcome Trust for pragmatic clinical trials in the U.S. and China on transitional care to improve functional independence and prevent post-hospital adverse events.