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Am J Public Health. 2013 Sep;103(9):1693-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301165. Epub 2013 Jul 18.

Designing for dissemination among public health researchers: findings from a national survey in the United States.

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Washington University in St Louis, 621 Skinker Boulevard, St Louis, MO 63130, USA. rbrownson@wustl.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We have described the practice of designing for dissemination among researchers in the United States with the intent of identifying gaps and areas for improvement.

METHODS:

In 2012, we conducted a cross-sectional study of 266 researchers using a search of the top 12 public health journals in PubMed and lists available from government-sponsored research. The sample involved scientists at universities, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

RESULTS:

In the pooled sample, 73% of respondents estimated they spent less than 10% of their time on dissemination. About half of respondents (53%) had a person or team in their unit dedicated to dissemination. Seventeen percent of all respondents used a framework or theory to plan their dissemination activities. One third of respondents (34%) always or usually involved stakeholders in the research process.

CONCLUSIONS:

The current data and the existing literature suggest considerable room for improvement in designing for dissemination.

PMID:
23865659
PMCID:
PMC3966680
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2012.301165
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