McCormack L, Sheridan S, Lewis M, Boudewyns V, Melvin CL, Kistler C, Lux LJ, Cullen K, Lohr KN. 2013. Communication and dissemination strategies to facilitate the use of health-related evidence. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 520 pp. (Evidence report/technology assessment; no. 213)
Annotation: This literature review examines how to best communicate and disseminate evidence, including uncertain evidence, to inform health care decisions. The review focuses on three primary objectives, comparing the effectiveness of (1) communicating evidence in various contents and formats that increase the likelihood that target audiences will understand and use the information; (2) a variety of approaches for disseminating evidence from those who develop it as well as those who are expected to use it; and (3) various ways of communicating uncertainty-associated health-related evidence. In addition, the review compares the effectiveness of communication and dissemination strategies across target audiences, including evidence translators, health educators, patients, and clinicians.
Contact: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Suite 2000, Rockville, MD 20850, Telephone: (301) 427-1104 Secondary Telephone: (800) 358-9295 Web Site: http://www.ahrq.gov Available from the website. Document Number: AHRQ Pub. no. 13(14)-E003-EF.
Keywords: Communication, Evidence, Information dissemination, Literature reviews, Quality assurance, Research