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Implement Sci. 2016 Mar 22;11:42. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0401-y.

Measurement resources for dissemination and implementation research in health.

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1
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, 8452 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, San Diego, CA, 92037, USA. borsika.a.rabin@gmail.com.
2
Department of Family Medicine and Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Mail Stop F496, Academic Office 1, 12631 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, Denver, CO, 80045, USA. borsika.a.rabin@gmail.com.
3
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, 1101 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN, 47405, USA.
4
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, BG 9609 MSC 9760, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Bethesda, MD, 20892-9760, USA.
5
Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN), Center for Clinical and Translational Science, The Rockefeller University, 5 West 37th Street - 10th Floor, New York, NY, 10018, USA.
6
Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 63130, USA.
7
Division of Public Health Sciences and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 63110, USA.
8
Department of Family Medicine and Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Mail Stop F496, Academic Office 1, 12631 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, Denver, CO, 80045, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A 2-day consensus working meeting, hosted by the United States National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration, focused on issues related to dissemination and implementation (D&I) research in measurement and reporting. Meeting participants included 23 researchers, practitioners, and decision makers from the USA and Canada who concluded that the field would greatly benefit from measurement resources to enhance the ease, harmonization, and rigor of D&I evaluation efforts. This paper describes the findings from an environmental scan and literature review of resources for D&I measures.

FINDINGS:

We identified a total of 17 resources, including four web-based repositories and 12 static reviews or tools that attempted to synthesize and evaluate existing measures for D&I research. Thirteen resources came from the health discipline, and 11 were populated from database reviews. Ten focused on quantitative measures, and all were generated as a resource for researchers. Fourteen were organized according to an established D&I theory or framework, with the number of constructs and measures ranging from 1 to more than 450. Measure metadata was quite variable with only six providing information on the psychometric properties of measures.

CONCLUSIONS:

Additional guidance on the development and use of measures are needed. A number of approaches, resources, and critical areas for future work are discussed. Researchers and stakeholders are encouraged to take advantage of a number of funding mechanisms supporting this type of work.

KEYWORDS:

Dissemination; Implementation; Measurement; Resources; Systematic review

PMID:
27000147
PMCID:
PMC4802882
DOI:
10.1186/s13012-016-0401-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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