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Implementation science: Relevance in the real world without sacrificing rigor

Implementation Science studies how treatments that have been found to work in controlled settings can reach their potential in real-world situations. The topic is of particular relevance to common conditions in resource-poor settings—in brief, to the most pressing issues in human health.

In this month's Editorial, PLOS Medicine editorial board members Elvin Geng (University of California, San Francisco, USA), David Peiris (The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, Australia) and Margaret Kruk (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA) discuss the characteristics that lend relevance and reliability to an implementation study, and encourage the submission of high quality implementation research to PLOS Medicine.

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