Policy Implications

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Making Research Relevant

To close the gap among research, practice, and policy, innovative models are needed for stakeholder participation throughout the research process. We need robust measures and consistent reporting of intervention and treatment costs that consider multiple perspectives such as those of the patient, payer, community, and employer.

Research needs to provide relevant and timely information to practitioners, policymakers, and other decisionmakers. Subject participation in research trials needs to be maximized to understand the full spectrum of demographic, psychosocial, cultural, and religious factors related to health outcomes, and to ensure that research is culturally responsive and relevant to the context in which it will be implemented.