Measurement Issues in Dissemination and Implementation Research

Enola K. Proctor and Ross C. Brownson

in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199751877
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933242 | DOI:
Measurement Issues in Dissemination and Implementation Research

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This chapter advances the concept of “dissemination and implementation (D&I) outcomes” distinct from service system and health outcomes. It proposes several concepts that comprise D&I outcomes and discusses challenges and opportunities in their measurement. Conceptualizing and measuring D&I outcomes will advance understanding of D&I processes and their empirical study. It argues that the progress of D&I science requires the development of reliable and valid measures of outcomes. Reliable and valid measures of D&I outcomes will enable empirical testing of the success of efforts to disseminate and implement new interventions, and pave the way for comparative effectiveness research on D&I strategies.

Keywords: dissemination and implementation outcomes; outcome measurement; D&I; empirical study

Chapter.  8436 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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