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ADVERTORIAL Supported by Nestlé Health Science Making it Easier to Translate Research into Practice by Adrienne Young, Assoc Professor and Advanced APD, Research Coordinator, Nutrition and Dietetics RBWH Have you ever tried to implement an evidence- based change in your practice? How'd it go? If you saw short-term changes before things returned to the status quo, or the successful uptake of only some parts of your intervention – you’re not alone. Let me share an example of failed implementation from my practice. This involved implementing “red trays” to solve the problem of poor mealtime assistance. I did all the usual things – consulted with stakeholders, redesigned processes to ensure the trays were ordered and delivered to the right patients, enlisted nursing champions, and provided education to all staff groups involved. But I saw no change in mealtime care for my patients when red trays were used. © Dietitian Connection Implementing practice change is hard; especially when it involves behavior and systems changes in complex adaptive systems like hospitals and health services. The emerging research field of implementation science tells us that using implementation theories, models and frameworks can increase our likelihood of success, but navigating the jargon and theory can be mind boggling to clinicians and novice implementers. article continues overleaf... 24 Infuse | September 2019