The “17-year odyssey” outlines the research-to-practice pipeline that begins with setting priorities for funding research, publishing and peer review, research synthesis, developing guidelines for evidence-based practice, then finally as applied practice. Few studies have focused on the implementation gap within oral health domain. In this report, AIDPH outlines barriers within the dental peer-reviewed publication process that slow the translation of research to clinical implementation while offering strategic recommendations to expedite this pipeline.
Using a multi-method research approach, this publication illustrates the role of peer-reviewed publications in the oral health translation process. Strategic recommendations include:
Evaluate opportunities to reduce funding barriers.
Broaden access to peer-reviewed information
Increase funding for and publication of replication studies
Explore innovative technologies in clinical settings