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Using Integrated Research-Practice Partnerships to Move Evidence-Based Principles Into Practice

Estabrooks, Paul A.1; Harden, Samantha M.2; Almeida, Fabio A.1; Hill, Jennie L.1; Johnson, Sallie Beth3; Porter, Gwenndolyn C.1; Greenawald, Mark H.4

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews: July 2019 - Volume 47 - Issue 3 - p 176–187
doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000194

The implementation of evidence-based physical activity interventions is improved when integrated research-practice partnerships are used. These partnerships consider both research- and practice-based evidence that moves beyond only assessing program efficacy. Our novel hypothesis is that integrated research-practice partnerships may lead to interventions that are practical and effective, reach more participants, and are more likely to be sustained in practice.

We describe a process model for integrating research and practice systems to coproduce intervention strategies that are practical, effective, and sustainable.

1 Department of Health Promotion, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE;

2Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA;

3Department of Health Sciences Administration, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, VA;

4Department of Family and Community Medicine, Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA

Address for correspondence: Paul Estabrooks, Ph.D., 984365 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4365 (E-mail:

Accepted for publication: April 8, 2019.

Editor: Ryan E. Rhodes, Ph.D.

Online date: April 19, 2019

© 2019 American College of Sports Medicine