With funding from the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health, CPHSS used concept mapping and expert input to adapt the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (CSAT) (available at sustaintool.org) for use in a clinical setting. Our work has established a new method and resource for measuring sustainability of evidence-based practices in clinical settings by developing a clinical sustainability assessment tool. Without sustaining effective practices over time, we risk not being able to see the full return on our nation’s investment in clinical and translational science.
With pilot funds from Washington University’s Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control (ISC3), we tested and refined the CSAT in a sample of clinical care settings to establish the reliability and validity of the measure. Results from the assessment can be used by clinical and healthcare settings to plan for and implement changes within their organization. We are also creating a tailored report based on clinic administrator and staff preferences elicited through focus groups.