Researchers must update their approach to disseminating findings to more effectively put those findings into practice, according to a new report from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
[Photo: Dr. Ross C. Brownson]
“Public health researchers are largely doing things the way they did them several decades ago,” wrote the author, Dr. Ross Brownson, Bernard Becker Professor at the Brown School and director of the Prevention Research Center. While journal articles and scientific meetings are important in some ways, they don’t link with the needs of practitioners and policymakers or resonate with them, he wrote.
Among Dr. Brownson’s recommendations:
“By applying these and other ideas, scientific discoveries will no longer ‘sit on the shelf’ but will realize practice application in public health agencies and policy-making bodies,” Dr. Brownson concluded.
The paper was published September 6 in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.