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The Gerontologist 46:833-839 (2006)
© 2006 The Gerontological Society of America

The CITRA Research-Practice Consensus-Workshop Model: Exploring a New Method of Research Translation in Aging

Myra Sabir, PhD1, Risa Breckman, MSW2, Rhoda Meador, MS1, Elaine Wethington, PhD1, M. Carrington Reid, MD2 and Karl Pillemer, PhD1

Correspondence: Address correspondence to Myra Sabir, Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center, Beebe Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. E-mail: mgs16{at}

Purpose: On the basis of the experience of an extensive community-based research partnership in New York City, we developed an innovative process for bridging the gap between aging-related research and practice, using a consensus-workshop model. Design and Methods: We adapted the traditional scientific consensus-workshop model to include translation of the research into nontechnical language and the involvement of practitioners in the process. We then applied the model to the specific issue of falls prevention among community-dwelling older adults. Results: The dialogue and interaction among researchers and practitioners provided new insights beyond a traditional research review. Practitioners offered astute guidance for future research based on their day-to-day field experience. Implications: The recommendations that emerged from the workshop demonstrated the value of close interaction between the aging-related research and practice communities. The consensus-conference model has significant potential to establish a bridge between the worlds of research and practice in a variety of settings.

Key Words: Falls prevention • Participatory research • Practice-based evidence • Research–practice relationship • Translational research

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