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Wash U Survey Reveals Dissemination Gaps

Considerable room for improvement exists in designing public health research for dissemination, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The 2012 survey of 266 public health researchers – one of the first of its kind in the U.S. – showed that 73 percent of respondents spent less than 10 percent of their time on dissemination, and only 17 percent relied on a framework or theory to guide their dissemination efforts. “Researchers need to better recognize the practical applications of their findings, and learn to identify collaborations and build partnerships with key stakeholders that can address the many complexities of moving a project from discovery to widespread dissemination,” wrote the study’s lead author, Dr. Ross C. Brownson, professor at the Brown School and Director of the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis.