Investigated: This study presents findings from a series of focus groups, composed of stakeholders both on Capitol Hill and among national stakeholder organizations, used to identify strategies health services Researchers can use for the effective dissemination and expanded use of health services Research in health policy.
Methods: Focus groups were created to assess the usefulness of Rural health Research products and approaches for disseminating information, and in each focus group, Respondents were asked for their evaluation of several types of dissemination products and approaches, as well as participants' utilization of Research findings.
Conclusions: The focus groups identify strategies that include tailoring products to policymakers' needs, making Research products accessible, expanding working Relationships with end users, and investing in greater capacity for dissemination. Implications are drawn for Researchers who need to be proactive in thinking about the applications of their Research to health policy, and who need to identify and seek Resources to help them fund dissemination efforts.
This article Reports findings from focus groups comprising stakeholders both on Capitol Hill and among national stakeholder organizations to identify strategies critical to the effective dissemination and expanded use of health services Research in health policy.
Timothy McBride, PhD, is Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.
Andrew Coburn, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Southern Maine, Portland.
Clinton MacKinney, MD, is Research Analyst, Rural Policy Research Institute, Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.
Keith Mueller, PhD, is Professor, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.
Rebecca Slifkin, PhD, is Director, North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mary Wakefield, PhD, is Professor and Director, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Corresponding Author: Timothy D. McBride, PhD, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, 3545 Lafayette Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors acknowledge the support of the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.