FIRE (Facilitation Implementation of Research Evidence)

Funder: The European Union, through the Framework 7 programme (3 million euro)


Collaborating Investigators/Institutions:

UK: University of Bangor, University of Warwick, Manchester Business School, University of Ulster,

Australia: University of Adelaide

Canada: University of Alberta

Netherlands: Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven

Republic of Ireland: University College Cork,

Sweden: Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden


Project Summary: This study aims to increase understanding of what sort of support (or facilitation) is most beneficial when trying to use research based guidelines in everyday practice. Its objectives are

i) to evaluate the feasibility, effectiveness and cost effectiveness of two different models of facilitation in promoting the uptake of guidelines on continence promotion with nursing home residents.

ii) advance understanding of guideline implementation

The design utilises a pragmatic randomised controlled trial with embedded qualitative process evaluation and economic evaluation in four EU countries to test two different models of facilitation compared to a standard control. In each country, six consenting nursing homes with 60 or more patients will be randomly allocated to the 3 arms of the trial.

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