I used the GCU Library Nursing and Health Sciences Research Guide to locate the CINAHL Plus with Full Text database, which contains a plethora of resources on translational research. In my search, I selected a study that focused on the population health issue of medication non-adherence among patients with diabetes.
The type of translational research used for this study is T1 or basic science research. The researchers in this study examined the underlying mechanisms that lead to medication non-adherence among diabetic patients, such as depression and low self-efficacy. The rationale for using T1 translational research is that it helps to identify the underlying biological and behavioral mechanisms of the health problem and how they interact, which can inform the development of effective interventions.
Translational research is the most appropriate approach for this problem or population because it bridges the gap between basic science research and clinical practice, ensuring that scientific discoveries are translated into practical applications that benefit patients. Diabetes is a complex chronic disease that requires a multifaceted approach to management, and medication adherence is a critical component of diabetes self-management. Translational research can help to identify the underlying factors that contribute to medication non-adherence and inform the development of effective interventions to address these factors.
In conclusion, translational research is a valuable approach to addressing population health problems like medication non-adherence among patients with diabetes. T1 or basic science research can provide valuable insights into the underlying mechanisms of health problems, which can inform the development of effective interventions that benefit patients. By using translational research, we can bridge the gap between basic science research and clinical practice, ensuring that scientific discoveries are translated into practical applications that improve patient outcomes.