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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: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190683214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190683214.001.0001

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Systems Thinking and Dissemination and Implementation Research

Systems Thinking and Dissemination and Implementation Research

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Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

Barbara L. Riley

Cameron D. Willis

Bev Holmes

Diane T. Finegood

Allan Best

Jessie-Lee D. McIsaac

Oxford University Press

Increasingly, the literature highlights the benefits of systems thinking in approaching dissemination and implementation efforts and associated research in health. This chapter draws attention to features of systems thinking that are most pertinent to dissemination and implementation research, including how we think about dissemination and implementation objects and strategies. It covers main features of dissemination and implementation research—its purpose and questions, conceptual frameworks, study designs and methods, and the research process. In doing so, it provides an overview of a systems-oriented approach to dissemination and implementation research. The chapter provides two dissemination and implementation research examples that demonstrate the applicability of the approaches described in this chapter across a range of health issues, especially the complex health problems—of today and the foreseeable future—that cause the greatest health, social, and economic burden to individuals and societies worldwide.

Keywords:   complexity, conceptual frameworks, multilevel approaches, system attributes, systems thinking, systems methods

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