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Dissemination and Implementation Research in HealthTranslating Science to Practice$
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Ross C. Brownson, Graham A. Colditz, and Enola K. Proctor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751877.001.0001

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Viewing Dissemination and Implementation Research through a Network Lens

Viewing Dissemination and Implementation Research through a Network Lens

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Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

Douglas A. Luke

Oxford University Press

Dissemination and implementation (D&I) are complex social and organizational processes by which new scientific discoveries and advances can be translated and transferred to people, settings, and communities to affect and improve public health. Despite their complexity, D&I processes can be viewed as a type of information transmission. A new scientific discovery (or innovation) is a piece of information that needs to be transferred to a different part of society, which can put that information to use. It turns out that this type of information transmission has important structural and relational properties that can best be understood using a relatively new systems science tool: network analysis. This chapter proposes a network analytic model of D&I and illustrates how network analysis can be used both to study and shape D&I processes and outcomes. Understanding the D&I process more fully through network analysis can be an important domain of D&I research.

Keywords:   D&I, network analysis, scientific discovery

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