Putting Research into Practice

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  • Tpsychosis and schizophrenia, psychiatric perspectives on neurological illnesses and injuries, and case examples

    EDITORIALof diagnosis and treatment for various psychiatric disorders.

    I believe this collection of articles highlights the three basic principles of the mission of HealthPutting Research into Practice

    Donald E. Stull, Ph.D.Editor-in-Chief

    HEALTH OUTCOMES RESEARCH IN MEDICINE

    his issue of Health Outcomes Research in Medicine inaugurates a new section in the Journal: PuttingResearch into Practice. The goal of this section, which will be published periodically, will be to

    show the direct application of research in clinical practice or health policy. Another focus of this sectionwill be to present the current state of practice in specic clinical therapeutic areas and the research that under-pins the practice.

    This inaugural issue of Putting Research into Practice includes four articles from the 2010Chair Summit,The Master Class for Neuroscience Professional Development (Chair Summit) held in Chicago, Illinois. Anintroductory article presents background on continuing professional development. This collection of articlessummarizes the latest evidence on the epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment for patients withmental or neurological illnesses.

    Master class sessions were led by chairs of departments of psychiatry and neurology who acted asexpert peer teachers. The rst article, Continuing Professional Development in Psychiatry and Neurology:The 3rd Annual Chair Summit discusses the importance of continuing education for health professionalsand provides a framework and context for the remaining articles, each of which includes a link allowingthe reader to take a Continuing Medical Education (CME) exam and receive CME credit. The remainingfour articles in the issue highlight research and current evidence-based practice guidelines for mood disorders,Outcomes Research in Medicine: 1) the need for evidence for effective patient care, 2) critical evaluation ofthat evidence, and 3) incorporating clinical judgment and patient reports and preferences into decisions abouttreatment and treatment efcacy. Putting research into practice ensures that treatment is current andevidence-based.

    See funding, conict of interest, and authorship disclosures at the end of this article. 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved Health Outcomes Research in Medicine (2011) 2, e129

    Putting Research into Practice