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From Research to Impact in Long-Term Care: A Lived Experience Trajectory by Inaugural Winners of the Morley Award

  • Jennifer Hewitt
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to Jennifer Hewitt, PhD, University Centre for Rural Health, 6 Uralba Street, Lismore, 2480, New South Wales, Australia.
    Affiliations
    University of Sydney, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Sydney, Australia

    University Centre for Rural Health, Lismore, Australia
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  • Hilde Verbeek
    Affiliations
    Department of Health Services Research, Care and Public Health Research Institute, Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands

    Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care, Maastricht, the Netherlands
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      Scientists, clinicians, and researchers aim to have impact. Publishing work in peer-reviewed journals advances the scientific field and contributes to the body of knowledge, but it is also important to have societal impact and “real world” value beyond the academic field. The present authors share the distinction of having received the JAMDA Morley Award, which recognizes the article published over the previous year considered to be most impactful in terms of relevance for practice and policy in post-acute and long-term care. The first author received the award in 2019 for her work on the Sunbeam Trial
      • Hewitt J.
      • Goodall S.
      • Clemson L.
      • et al.
      Progressive resistance and balance training for falls prevention in long-term residential aged care: A cluster randomized trial of the Sunbeam Program.
      (an intervention to reduce deconditioning and falls in long-term care in Australia), and the second author received it in 2021 for her work related to relaxing visitation bans in response to COVID-19 in nursing homes in the Netherlands.
      • Verbeek H.
      • Gerritsen D.L.
      • Backhaus R.
      • et al.
      Allowing visitors back in the nursing home during the COVID-19 crisis: A Dutch national study into first experiences and impact on well-being.
      Both have achieved demonstrable evidence that their scientific work has actually led to a change in policy and practice in long-term care.
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