Integrating research into clinical practice: Development of an echocardiography research unit

Tammy M. Green, Marion E. Barnes, Marek Belohlavek, Gregory Gilman, Laurel A. Carlson, Mary E. Hagen, Patricia A. Pellikka

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Introducing a research program into an echocardiography clinical practice can pose many challenges. Some initial factors to consider are the possible effects on the current clinical schedule and the equipment and personnel resources required to support the research projects. More importantly, how can an organization successfully complete reliable and accurate research projects? Here, we describe our experience with establishing an echocardiography research center within our clinical echocardiography practice. In addition, we identify key staff roles, highlight our current research practice methods, and suggest essential components that may prove advantageous when incorporating echocardiography research into a clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-703
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Echocardiography research
  • Research design
  • Research integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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