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Use of implementation science in tobacco control intervention studies in the USA between 2000 and 2020: a scoping review protocol
  1. Rebecca Selove1,
  2. Sarah Neil-Sztramko2,
  3. Jennifer Leng3,
  4. Philip D Walker4,
  5. Ramzi George Salloum5,
  6. Tamar Ginossar6,
  7. Carolyn Heckman7,
  8. Taneisha S Scheuermann8,
  9. Todd Combs9,
  10. Raquel Qualls-Hampton10,
  11. Rebecca Armstrong11,
  12. Shellie Ellis8
  1. 1Center for Prevention Research, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  2. 2Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
  4. 4Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  5. 5Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  6. 6Communications & Journalism, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  7. 7Division of Medicine, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  8. 8Population Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
  9. 9Center for Public Health Systems Science, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
  10. 10Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  11. 11Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rebecca Selove; rselove{at}


Introduction Despite continuing efforts to reduce tobacco use in the USA, decline in smoking rates have stalled and smoking remains a major contributor to preventable death. Implementation science could potentially improve uptake and impact of evidence-based tobacco control interventions; however, no previous studies have systematically examined how implementation science has been used in this field. Our scoping review will describe the use of implementation science in tobacco control in the USA, identify relevant gaps in research and suggest future directions for implementation science application to tobacco control.

Methods and analysis Our team, including a medical research librarian, will conduct a scoping review guided primarily by Arksey and O’Malley’s methodology. We will search English language peer-reviewed literature published from 2000 to 31 December 2020 for terms synonymous with ‘tobacco use’, ‘prevention’, ‘cessation’ and ‘implementation science’. The databases included in this search are MEDLINE (PubMed), Embase (Ovid), CINAHL (EBSCOhost), PsycINFO (ProQuest), ERIC (ProQuest) and the Cochrane Library (Wiley). We will include cohort and quasi-experimental studies, single-group experiments and randomised trials that report qualitative and/or quantitative data related to applying implementation science to the planning and/or delivery of interventions to prevent or decrease the use of tobacco products. Studies must target potential or active tobacco users, intervention providers such as educators or healthcare professionals, or US policy-makers. A minimum of two reviewers will independently examine each title and abstract for relevance, and each eligible full text for inclusion and analysis. Use of implementation science, demonstrated by explicit reference to implementation frameworks, strategies or outcomes, will be extracted from included studies and summarised.

Ethics and dissemination This study is exempt from ethics board approval. We will document the equity-orientation of included studies with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses-Equity Extension checklist. Results will be submitted for conferences and peer-reviewed journals.

Trial registration number Open Science Framework Registry (6YRK8).

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Strengths and limitations of this study

  • This scoping review protocol describes the approach to an investigation of the explicit use of implementation science in planning and/or delivering tobacco control interventions in the USA to reduce the prevalence of preventable diseases and deaths.

  • This proposed review focuses on databases that are widely used by investigators who could benefit from learning about the application of implementation science in tobacco control research programmes.

  • The study is designed to capture a comprehensive range of tobacco control programmes.

  • The reviewers developed a logic model depicting the intersection of tobacco control interventions and implementation science to support the relevance of this study for improving population health and reducing tobacco-related health disparities.

  • A limitation of the proposed study is that it is restricted to interventions in the USA. Studies that may meet inclusion criteria except for this element will be identified and considered for a later review.


Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of mortality in the USA and is associated with a wide variety of poor health outcomes and health disparities.1 Over the past 50 years, researchers and funding agencies have focused on developing and disseminating evidence-based programmes to prevent and reduce tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.2 Community-based programmes that coordinated with state and national policies have been identified as most effective for achieving public health goals of reducing tobacco use,2 and clinical practice guidelines have been developed to treat tobacco dependence among current tobacco users.3

Guidance regarding best practices for reducing tobacco use globally and in the USA has been available for decades. The WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,4 and the related MPOWER website,5 focus on national policies, including steps that reduce demand for tobacco products and exposure to second-hand smoke, and support cessation. Best practices for addressing tobacco use, provided by Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)2 include goals and strategies that are similar to those of the WHO. Similarly, an Institute of Medicine committee report related to smoking cessation in the military6 outlined best practices that included establishing tobacco-free spaces and supporting tobacco use cessation.

Although tobacco use in the USA has declined since the first surgeon general’s report linking it to lung cancer and other diseases in 1964,1 the decrease in cigarette use plateaued early in the last decade.7 Recent trends show that tobacco product use, including nicotine delivery via cigarette alternatives, is on the rise.8 Furthermore, observed declines in tobacco use have occurred disproportionately among populations with more education, better health status, skilled jobs and higher household incomes, increasing disparities in health outcomes.9

Lags in effective translation of evidence to practice are common across health-related conditions, and can be addressed by applying best practices in implementation science.10 Implementation science is the use of scientific methods in studying the uptake and integration of evidence-based interventions into routine practice in non-research environments to improve the quality and benefit of those interventions.11 12 This field examines facilitators and barriers to establishing and sustaining evidence-based programmes in particular contexts to achieve specific implementation outcomes.13 Implementation science offers enhanced understanding of ways implementation strategies (such as developing a formal plan for implementing an intervention, or providing ongoing consultation to those who deliver the intervention14) that can be tested and successfully applied in varied contexts to maximise successful intervention outcomes.15

Implementation science resources include, for example, theoretically informed frameworks and models,16 17 implementation strategies14 and measures of implementation processes and outcomes.18 19 The use of implementation science to enhance the impact of tobacco control programmes and policies has been identified as a priority for promoting prevention of tobacco use and cessation in the US population, especially among socioeconomically disadvantaged tobacco users.20 21

Although implementation science is a young field, it has been applied across the cancer continuum.22 However, despite prioritisation of applying implementation science to improve public health, a review of ways in which implementation science has been used to plan and deliver tobacco control programmes and policies has not been previously published. Rosen et al23 examined 46 systematic reviews of tobacco control-related interventions and noted that variability in implementation quality limits reviewers’ ability to interpret intervention effectiveness. A systematic review was conducted of studies that reported implementation strategies for a range of chronic disease prevention interventions, with control groups, and among the three studies that met their inclusion criteria, none focused on tobacco-related interventions.24 A recent scoping review25 described targeted populations and settings for tobacco control interventions, and found cessation interventions were the most common topics of systematic reviews. The authors suggested that the focus on cessation reflects an incomplete approach to tobacco control as recommended by the WHO.4 The authors indicated they plan to publish their observations regarding implementation challenges associated with cessation interventions.

A review of studies on smoking cessation interventions noted a failure to increase rates of tobacco cessation despite advances in pharmacotherapy and programmes demonstrated to be effective in research settings.26 The authors noted a lack of conclusive research as to whether this is due to insufficient reach of effective interventions, reduced effectiveness when programmes are translated to community settings or populations of community smokers for whom available interventions are less effective. Surgeon General, David Satcher, described many effective interventions that have been developed for advancing tobacco control and said, ‘The challenge to public health professionals, healthcare systems and other partners in our national prevention effort is to implement these proven approaches’ (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,1 p12). This scoping review was undertaken to identify explicit use of implementation science across a comprehensive range of interventions as described by the WHO and the CDC2 to gauge the awareness of this field’s potential contributions for improving effective use of tobacco control interventions.

In our preliminary search for published reports of the use of implementation science in planning and delivering tobacco control interventions, we considered projects described in PROSPERO, the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, and scoping reviews registered in the Center for Open Science. We found no existing or ongoing scoping reviews on the use of implementation science in tobacco control intervention research. The initial search by our medical librarian team member identified approximately 4500 titles, and we noted that a significant number of studies were conducted completely outside of the USA. Studies that describe the explicit use of implementation science tools appeared rarely in the initial samples of articles we reviewed. We opted to consider studies across a comprehensive range of tobacco use interventions because the focus of our review is on the application of implementation science rather than specific types of interventions or goals. Our initial screening suggests that the number of studies that will qualify for inclusion will be manageable for data extraction and meaningful synthesis of the findings.

Describing the ways in which implementation science has been used in tobacco control interventions is essential to gain an understanding of the state of the field regarding the use of frameworks, models and strategies that can further reduce tobacco use rates and inequities. Thus, our goal is to examine peer-reviewed, published reports of tobacco control interventions in the USA to identify the use of implementation science in planning and/or delivering these interventions from 2000 through 31 December 2020. We developed a logic model to depict the rationale for this project, following the recommendations of Anderson et al27 (figure 1).

Figure 1

Logic model underlying tobacco control programme implementation scoping review.

This study will describe the nature of the use of implementation science frameworks and models, implementation strategies and measurement of implementation outcomes in research efforts to prevent tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure and/or to promote smoking cessation. Results from this scoping review can be used to inform a research agenda for addressing gaps in, and advancing the application of implementation science in tobacco control to achieve greater impact, especially in addressing tobacco-related health disparities.28

Review questions

The primary research question for this scoping review is: How has implementation science been used in planning and delivering tobacco control interventions in the USA from 2000 to 31 December 2020? Our focus will be on ways researchers investigated the use of implementation science to plan and deliver tobacco control interventions. The inclusion criteria listed in table 1 describe specific elements of implementation science that will qualify studies to be examined in this review. The study is designed to address the following questions:

  • What aspects of implementation science (such as use of implementation science frameworks and models, implementation strategies, and measurement of implementation processes and outcomes) appear explicitly in reports of tobacco control intervention studies?

  • What types of interventions (ie, public health interventions such as classroom-based prevention education, tobacco use policies and electronic prompts for providers, as well as programmes that target individuals and families such as group counselling and text messages to support smoking cessation) are associated with explicit use of implementation science?

  • What intervention goals (as described in table 2) are associated with the use of implementation science?

  • Given the kinds of interventions that the proposed study identifies that have been planned and delivered with the benefit of implementation science, where are there gaps in implementation research? Specifically, in considering the dimensions of comprehensive tobacco control offered by the WHO4 and the CDC,2 are there kinds of interventions that less frequently used implementation science tools in planning and/or delivery, where less is known about how implementation factors affected behavioural and clinical outcomes?

  • Have the number of peer-reviewed published studies explicitly using implementation science changed over the past 19 years?

Table 1

Criteria for review of full texts for inclusion in study

Table 2

Tobacco control programmes/interventions: goals, target audience and components


The process for this scoping review will follow the guidance provided in Arksey and O’Malley’s29 seminal paper, as well as the JBI30 31 and other expert recommendations.32 The steps are: (1) identify a research question; (2) identify relevant published studies; (3) select studies that will be included in the scoping review, using clearly articulated inclusion and exclusion criteria; (4) extract data from each study to address the research questions and (5) summarise and disseminate the results of the data extraction and review process.

Patient and public involvement

No patient involvement was obtained in designing this scoping review protocol.

Search strategy

In consultation with our team’s medical research librarian, and following JBI guidelines, a three-step search strategy will be used.30 The first step, an initial pilot search, was performed in MEDLINE (PubMed) in 2017. Second, additional search terms were added on review of the initial results and input from subject experts. The databases to be included in this search are MEDLINE (PubMed), Embase (Ovid), CINAHL (EBSCOhost), PsycINFO (ProQuest), ERIC (ProQuest) and the Cochrane Library (Wiley). All searches are limited to English language and publication dates from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2020. The MEDLINE (PubMed) search strategy is defined in box 1. Full details for the search strategy are provided in the online supplemental appendix 1.

Box 1

Search strategy for MEDLINE (PubMed)

(“Tobacco Products”(MeSH) OR “Tobacco Use”(MeSH) OR “Tobacco Smoke Pollution” (MeSH) OR “Smoking”(MeSH) OR tobacco (tiab) OR tobacco use (tiab) OR smoking (tiab) OR second handsecondhand smoke exposure (tiab) OR second handsecondhand smoke (tiab) OR tobacco use initiation (tiab) OR smoking initiation (tiab) OR “Tobacco Use Cessation”(MeSH) OR tobacco control (tw) OR “smoking cessation” (MeSH Terms) OR smoking cessation (tw)) AND (“Smoking Prevention”(MeSH) OR smoking prevention (tw) OR “Health Promotion” (MeSH) OR health promotion (tw) OR “Health Education” (MeSH) OR health education (tw) OR programprogramme (tw) OR programsprogrammes (tw) OR intervention (tw) OR interventions (tw) OR ‘Policy’ (MeSH) OR “Smoke-Free Policy” (MeSH) OR “Social Control Policies” (MeSH) OR “Organizational Organisational Policy” (MeSH) OR “Public Policy” (MeSH) OR policy (tw) OR policies (tw) OR public policy (tw) OR health policy (tw)) AND (implementation science (tw) OR implementation(tw) OR “diffusion of innovation” (MeSH Terms) OR implementation frameworks (tw) OR implementation models (tw) OR implementation study (tw) OR translational research (tw) OR “translational medical research” (MeSH Terms) OR knowledge translation (tw)) AND (Clinical Trial (ptyp) OR Comparative Study (ptyp) OR Controlled Clinical Trial (ptyp) OR Evaluation Studies (ptyp) OR Observational Study (ptyp) OR RandomizedRandomised Controlled Trial (ptyp) OR “Qualitative Research” (MeSH) OR “Prospective Studies” (Mesh) OR “Cohort Studies” (MeSH) OR Meta-Analysis (ptyp) OR systematic (sb) OR evaluation studies (ptyp) OR evaluation studies (tw) OR clinical trial (tw) OR comparative study (tw) OR observational study (tw) OR qualitative research (tw) OR “programprogramme evaluation” (MeSH Terms) OR programprogramme evaluation (tw) OR hybrid design (tw) OR experimental (tw) OR mixed methods study (tw)) AND (“2000/01/01” (PDAT) : “2020/12/31” (PDAT)) AND English (lang)

Study selection

All identified references will be uploaded into Covidence systematic review software (Veritas Health Innovation, Melbourne, Australia). Duplicate citations will be removed using the Covidence software. Each title and abstract will be reviewed for relevance by two of the study authors. At the title and abstract screening phase, studies that will be included must describe a tobacco control intervention conducted in the USA, and be published between 2000 and 31 December 2020. Conflicts regarding inclusion for full-text review will be resolved by the senior author (RS) and through team discussion where necessary.

During the initial title and abstract screen, relevant systematic reviews will be identified for hand searching. For titles found through hand searches of systematic reviews that are not already in the original data set, the associated abstracts will be reviewed by two of the study authors using the same inclusion and exclusion criteria given in table 1. Full texts will be retrieved for final eligibility screening using the inclusion and exclusion criteria presented below. Each full text will be reviewed for inclusion in the final study by two members of the study team, with conflicts resolved through team discussion. During full-text reviews, members of the study team will hand search for citations of related publications that might provide more complete descriptions of the tobacco control intervention. Titles and abstracts of publication identified by hand searches will be reviewed by two members of the study team as described above.

Inclusion criteria

We will use the population-concept-context framework described by the scoping review guidelines of the JBI30 as one dimension of our inclusion criteria. Based on the variety of tobacco control interventions, we expect that populations represented in included studies will vary. Tobacco control interventions are designed to prevent use, as well as reduce primary and secondary exposure to tobacco. Thus, study populations can include non-smokers, combustible tobacco and smokeless tobacco users, and individuals exposed to second-hand smoke. These populations include persons of all races and ethnicities, and range in age from infants to older adults.9 33 Targets of tobacco control interventions include pregnant women, school children, parents, healthcare providers, smoking cessation counsellors, teachers, public health workers, policy makers, media stakeholders and proprietors of establishments that sell tobacco products or regulate exposure to tobacco smoke. With regard to contexts, tobacco control interventions are delivered in a wide variety of settings, including healthcare providers’ offices, hospitals, classrooms, daycare centres, after-school programmes, community centres, faith communities and more. Because of this diversity, we will not exclude studies based on participant characteristics or programme settings.

This study will examine the intersection of two key concepts: tobacco control programmes and implementation science. For this study, tobacco control programmes or interventions are defined as activities that aim to achieve one or more of the following goals: (1) promote tobacco-free culture; (2) prevent initiation of tobacco use; (3) eliminate second-hand smoke exposure; (4) increase tobacco cessation; or (5) eliminate disparities in tobacco use treatment.4 6 34 Examples of such interventions include, but are not limited to, public health interventions (eg, taxation, mass media campaigns, tobacco use restrictions or policies relevant to tobacco retail environments) or individual-level interventions (eg, healthcare provider training, tailored communication interventions, pharmacotherapy or structured counselling).2 We drew from the CDC’s best practices for tobacco control,2 the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control4 and the related MPOWER website,5 and an Institute of Medicine committee report related to smoking cessation in the military,6 to develop a matrix of tobacco control interventions presented in table 2. We will use this matrix to categorise reports of interventions to address Objective 3, and will compare our results to those of Halas et al25 who found that tobacco use cessation was the most common goal of studies they examined.

The inclusion criteria for use of implementation science were developed by reviewing seminal writings in the field, for example,10 13 14 17 and operational definitions reported in a scoping review of implementation science associated with nursing interventions in German-speaking countries.35 We also asked five leading scholars in the implementation science field how they would determine if a study should be included in this scoping review. This led to identification of three broad elements for determining that implementation science was used: investigators (1) described planned actions to promote human behaviour change in order to integrate evidence-based tobacco control interventions into educational, community or clinical settings, (2) considered organisational constraints and facilitators that could affect uptake and delivery of the intervention, and (3) collected data regarding the processes and/or outcomes of their planned actions.

To address research question 1 (What aspects of implementation science appear in the studies?), the multidisciplinary scoping review team reviewed a sample of articles that would be considered for the scoping review, and identified two categories of implementation science use: tier 1 and tier 2. Tier 1 studies include elements that are explicitly labelled as implementation science, such as: use of a specific implementation science framework such as the Interactive Systems Framework,36 or an implementation toolkit37 38 for planning adoption of an intervention; use of specific implementation strategies14 39 for enhancing delivery of an intervention; measuring stages of implementation40 41 during the process of delivering an intervention; or measurement of implementation outcomes as articulated by Proctor et al13 as part of evaluating an intervention.

Implementation outcomes of interest include, but are not limited to, rates of intervention adoption, acceptability to patients, feasibility, appropriateness, costs, fidelity, penetration and sustainability;13 or broader service outcomes assessing processes of care such as safety, timeliness, efficiency, effectiveness, equity or patient-centeredness.13 42 Provider acceptability, self-efficacy for delivering an intervention as well as satisfaction with outcomes of an intervention will also be considered as aspects of implementation science, among variables that may be associated with implementation outcomes43 as listed previously. Multiple definitions and terminologies are used globally to convey the use of science to translate evidence-based research into practice,44 45 for example, knowledge translation and translation of research into practice, and investigators may use these terms to refer to such planned activities.38 46

We anticipate that we will find peer-reviewed articles indicating that investigators assessed implementation facilitators and barriers,43 such as attitudes of key stakeholders toward a proposed intervention, organisational capacity for accommodating a new intervention, or community readiness to adopt and implement a tobacco-related policy, without explicitly describing their work as implementation science. We will tag these tier 2 articles for a separate review.

This review will include studies published between 2000 and 31 December 2020. We chose the year 2000 as it represents the beginning of ‘preparation’47 for application of the resources of the emerging field, and the early stage of an era when implementation research and implementation science began expanding as a focus in the peer-reviewed literature.48 49 We will limit our review to studies conducted in the USA because policies, laws, regulations (eg, on advertising) and cultural norms related to tobacco vary widely across countries and regions of the world. This inclusion criteria reduces the heterogeneity of contextual factors, which are prime considerations for implementation science,49 and enhances the feasibility of our undertaking. Studies conducted only outside the USA that may meet all other criteria for this scoping review will be identified for a future project.

Qualitative and quantitative empirical studies published in peer-reviewed journals will be eligible for inclusion. Study designs may include prospective cohort studies, natural experiments, quasi-experimental studies, single-group experiments and/or randomised controlled trials. Studies will be eligible if they report on primary data collection related to the process of implementing an intervention, whether or not they report evaluation of the effectiveness of the intervention. Dissertations, theses, reports of conference presentations, letters, guidelines, grey literature and books will be excluded, as we are limiting the review to publications that are more readily accessible to the broader scientific and practitioner community. As we are interested in articles in which use of implementation science is readily apparent to researchers and practitioners, we will not seek additional information from authors to investigate use of implementation science that is not reported in their published work.

Assessment of methodological quality

The purpose of this review is to identify how implementation science has been used across a wide range of study designs in tobacco control research. We do not plan to assess the methodological quality of the interventions themselves or provide a summary of what kind of interventions are effective. We plan to describe findings regarding the explicit application of implementation science including frameworks and models, strategies, assessment and measurement of implementation barriers and facilitators, stages and outcomes. Our critical appraisal will focus on uses and gaps of implementation science in included studies.30

Extraction of results

Once full texts to be included in the scoping review have been identified, two members of the study team will independently extract study characteristics from each one using a structured data extraction form in Covidence. Elements to be extracted include: (a) characteristics of the population targeted by the intervention, including sex, age, tobacco use status, ethnicities and roles (such as dentists or nurses, pregnant women and policy makers); (b) context in which the intervention is implemented, such as classroom, hospital, multiunit housing and county; (c) specific types and goals of interventions as categorised in table 2, as well as if and how the authors described the evidence-base for the intervention; (d) what aspects of implementation science were used in the design, delivery and/or evaluation of the intervention, such as specific implementation frameworks or models, implementation strategies, or measurement of intervention processes or outcomes; and (e) contributions of implementation science to the study if identified by the study’s authors.

Discrepancies in extracted responses will be resolved through team discussion when necessary. The data extraction process will be trialled by the study team prior to execution to ensure consistency and relevance of fields before proceeding to full data extraction.

Data synthesis

Following data extraction, frequencies of study characteristics will be calculated where possible. In addition, the study team will conduct a narrative synthesis50 of characteristics of populations, content and contexts in included studies. The purpose of this analytic approach is to tell a story about use of implementation science in tobacco control research in the USA, including description of patterns that may emerge, such as target audiences, intervention goals or settings associated with implementation science use, as well as the impact of its use. The critical reflection required in this process has the potential for generating hypotheses50 regarding evolution of the use of implementation science in this field. A meta-analysis will not be conducted, as this will not be necessary to address the research question.

Potential implications of findings

Preliminary reviews of full text suggest that implementation science has not been used extensively in efforts to prevent and reduce tobacco use in the USA. We anticipate that the results of this scoping review will contribute to the knowledge base of implementation researchers in describing the extent and nature of implementation science application to public health and individual levels of tobacco control (table 2). This study will also provide investigators who implement tobacco control interventions across the range of goals described by the CDC and the WHO,4 with examples of studies that are informed by implementation science, as well as gaps in applications from this field. As the scoping review will include almost two decades of research, we anticipate that we will identify trends in implementation science use in tobacco control intervention research as the field has matured over time.

Ethics and dissemination

One goal of this study is to contribute to improvement in tobacco control interventions in reducing health disparities (figure 1). Efforts to promote effective tobacco control reflect commitments to social justice51 and implementation science can substantially improve the outcomes of these efforts. We will document the equity-orientation of included studies with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA)-Equity Extension checklist.52

The findings from this study will be disseminated via peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations for audiences interested in tobacco control and implementation science. All results will be prepared in accordance with JBI guidelines30 and checklists for PRISMA,53 the Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR)52 and equity reporting.54 A PRISMA flow diagram53 will indicate the numbers of articles identified in each search method, duplicates removed, and number of studies excluded and included, along with reasons for exclusion at the full-text review level. The main findings will be presented using tables and a narrative description that will detail the results in view of the objectives and research questions of the scoping review. A list of the included studies, along with their key characteristics, will be provided in the primary manuscript reporting the results of this review.


The authors would like to thank the following individuals who were consulted regarding the definition of use of implementation science developed for this paper: Sarah Birken, Ross Brownson, Anne Sales and Michel Wensing.


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  • Contributorship statement All co-authors have participated via email, phone, or in-person in the development of the protocol for this project. RS conceptualised the initial project, coordinated the research team in developing the protocol, was lead author for the protocol manuscript, participated in writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript, and drafted the detailed response to reviewers. SN-S contributed to developing the protocol and protocol manuscript, and participated in writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript, provided consultation regarding the Covidence software used for data review, and provided suggestions regarding scoping review procedures. JL contributed to developing the protocol, writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript. PDW, an experienced medical research librarian, developed and conducted the literature search, writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript. RGS contributed to developing the protocol, writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript. TG contributed to developing the protocol, and writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript. CH contributed to developing the protocol, and writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript. TSS contributed to developing the protocol, writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript, and provided suggestions regarding scoping review procedures. TC contributed to developing the protocol, writing, reviewing and editing the manuscript, and provided suggestions regarding scoping review procedures. RQ-H contributed to developing table 2 and the protocol. RA contributed to developing the protocol and protocol manuscript. SE contributed to developing the protocol, developed the first draft of the protocol manuscript, reviewed and edited it, and contributed to editing the detailed description of responses to reviewers.

  • Funding Support for this project came in part from the National Institutes of Health Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer Program (MT-DIRC) (grant number 5R25CA171994), the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Cancer Research Network. RS is supported by the National Cancer Institute through the Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (U54CA163066). JL is supported by the National Cancer Institute: Core Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA008748). SE is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences COBRE grant (P20GM130423). TSS is funded by a NIH/NIDA K01 (K01 DA040745).

  • Competing interests None declared.

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