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A Glossary for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

Rabin, Borsika A. MPH, MS; Brownson, Ross C. PhD; Haire-Joshu, Debra PhD; Kreuter, Matthew W. PhD, MPH; Weaver, Nancy L. PhD, MPH

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: March/April 2008 - Volume 14 - Issue 2 - p 117–123
doi: 10.1097/01.PHH.0000311888.06252.bb
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Dissemination and implementation (D&I) Research is increasingly Recognized as an important function of academia and is a growing priority for major health-related funders. Because D&I Research in the health field has emerged from Research traditions in diverse disciplines Ranging from agriculture to education, there are inconsistencies in the use and meaning of terms and main concepts. This glossary provides definitions for the key concepts and terms of D&I Research in health (in both public health and clinical settings). Definitions are organized under five major sections: (1) foundation concepts; (2) types of Research; (3) models, theories, and frameworks; (4) factors influencing the D&I processes; and (5) measurement/evaluation of the D&I process. The aim of this glossary is to aid in the development of more standardized and established terminology for D&I Research, facilitate the communication across different stakeholders, and ultimately contribute to higher-quality D&I Research.

This article provides a glossary containing definitions for the key concepts and terms of dissemination and implementation Research in health because of inconsistencies in the use and meaning of terms and main concepts.

Borsika A. Rabin, MPH, MS, is a Doctoral Student and Research Assistant, Department of Community Health and Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Ross C. Brownson, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Community Health and Obesity Prevention Center, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPH, is a Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Communication Research, Laboratory and Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Nancy L. Weaver, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Communication Research, Laboratory and Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Corresponding Author: Borsika A. Rabin, MPH, MS, Department of Community Health and Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, 3545 Lafayette Ave, Salus Center 475, St Louis, MO 63104 (rabinab@slu.edu).

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.