The aim of the TRiaDS programme is to improve the quality of the dental health care of patients in Scotland by establishing a practical evaluative framework for the translation of guidance through the conduct of a multi-disciplinary programme of translation research embedded within SDCEP.
- To describe current activities and the natural history of change in clinical and administrative behaviours in specified areas of dentistry in Scotland;
- To develop criteria to determine if an intervention is required for improvement;
- To develop interventions to generate change in targeted professional behaviour(s);
- To evaluate the effectiveness, cost effectiveness and sustainability of a range of guidance knowledge transfer interventions using experimental designs;
- To investigate and describe the processes of and by which professional behavioural change occurs using an appropriate mix of qualitative and quantitative methods;
- To review and, as necessary, change the routinely collected data to inform the programme;
- To synthesise knowledge gained from multiple and sequential behavioural change evaluations using a theoretical framework;
- Through the conduct of the programme to inform dental services practitioners, policy makers and patients on how to effectively and cost-effectively translate national recommendations into routine clinical activities.
Set in general dental practice, the TRiaDS process follows an evaluative framework which employs a standardised and theoretical procedure.
For each SDCEP guidance document:
- professional behaviour outcomes to assess best practice are identified and prioritised;
- variation in current practice is measured and barriers and enablers to best practice are identified;
- change in practice after publication of guidance is assessed;
- the need for an intervention to translate guidance recommendations into practice is determined;
- If needed, interventions are developed and tested.
Knowledge gained from each SDCEP guidance experience is collated to synthesise what is known about changing professional behaviour.
See the TRiaDS Framework.