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Conducting Translational Research in the Context of Patient Care

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Although much has been written on the importance of translational research for bridging the continuum of basic science to clinical practice, few authors have described how such work can be carried out practically when working with patient populations in the context of ongoing clinical service delivery, where the priorities for patient care can sometimes conflict with the methods and goals of translational research. In this article, we explore some of the considerations for conducting this type of work while balancing clinical responsibilities that ensure high-quality patient care. We also discuss strategies we have found to jointly facilitate translational research and improve routine, clinical service delivery. A primary goal of this article is to encourage others working in applied settings to contribute to the increasingly important role that translational research plays in our science and practice by helping to better characterize and potentially lessen or remove barriers that may have impeded such investigations in the past.

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Greer, B.D., Fisher, W.W., Fuhrman, A.M. et al. Conducting Translational Research in the Context of Patient Care. Perspect Behav Sci 45, 383–398 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-022-00333-2

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