Global implementation of advanced urological care: Policy implementation research

  • Lynn Stothers *Department of Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and Associate Member School of Population and Public Health Division of Global Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and Principal Investigator International Collaboration on Repair Discover (ICORD)
  • Andrew Macnab ** Associate Member Department of Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Wallenberg Search Centre, Marais Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Abstract

Introduction: In high-resource countries, modern treatments for urological diseases have led to significant reductions in mortality and morbidity; however, the benefits of modern treatment have yet to reach the majority of people worldwide. As attention is focused on improving urological care in the global community, policy and implementation research (PIR) offers a platform for effective organization and engagement. Methods: We have compiled a photo essay to illustrate the fundamental components of PIR. Results: There are four central components to the conduct of PIR. These are: 1) understanding the unique characteristics of the environment; 2) studying the implementation processes that fit within the environment; 3) testing innovative and novel ways to implement; and 4) programmatic implementation and scale-up. Conclusions: PIR is a process that will help to identify, quantify, prioritize, and implement translation of modern methods of care to meet specific global needs.
Published
2017-06-13
How to Cite
Stothers, L., & Macnab, A. (2017). Global implementation of advanced urological care: Policy implementation research. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 11(6), 157-60. https://doi.org/10.5489/cuaj.4117
Section
Photo Essay