The cultural politics of 'Implementation Science'

Boulton, Richard, Sandall, Jane and Sevedalis, Nick (2020) The cultural politics of 'Implementation Science'. Journal of Medical Humanities, 41, pp. 379-394. ISSN (print) 1041-3545


Despite the growing profile of ‘implementation science’, its status as a field of study remains ambiguous. Implementation science originates in the evidence-based movement and attempts to broaden the scope of evidence-based medicine to improve ‘clinical effectiveness’ and close the ‘implementation gap’. To achieve this agenda, implementation science draws on methodologies from the social sciences to emphasise coherence between qualitative and quantitative approaches. In so doing, we ask if this is at the expense of ignoring the dominating tendencies of the evidence-based movement and consider if some of the methodologies being drawn on should be considered irreconcilable with evidence-based methodologies.

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