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Transl Behav Med. 2017 Sep;7(3):593-601. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0399-3.

Mapping training needs for dissemination and implementation research: lessons from a synthesis of existing D&I research training programs.

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Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, 20892, USA.
George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA.
Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, 621 N. Skinker Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63130, USA.
Division of Public Health Sciences and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA.
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1 W8, Canada.


With recent growth in the field of dissemination and implementation (D&I) research, multiple training programs have been developed to build capacity, including summer training institutes, graduate courses, degree programs, workshops, and conferences. While opportunities for D&I research training have expanded, course organizers acknowledge that available slots are insufficient to meet demand within the scientific and practitioner community. In addition, individual programs have struggled to best fit various needs of trainees, sometimes splitting coursework between specific D&I content and more introductory grant writing material. This article, stemming from a 2013 NIH workshop, reviews experiences across multiple training programs to align training needs, career stage and role, and availability of programs. We briefly review D&I needs and opportunities by career stage and role, discuss variations among existing training programs in format, mentoring relationships, and other characteristics, identify challenges of mapping needs of trainees to programs, and present recommendations for future D&I research training.


Dissemination research; Implementation research; Research capacity; Training

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