Introduction to the special section on dissemination: dissemination research and research dissemination: how can we close the gap?

Health Psychol. 2005 Sep;24(5):443-6. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.5.443.


One of the greatest challenges facing health promotion and disease prevention is translating research findings into evidence-based public health and clinical practices that are actively disseminated and widely adopted. Despite the tremendous strides made in developing effective disease prevention and control programs, there has been little study of effective dissemination of evidence-based programs to and adoption by community, public health, and clinical practice settings. This special section provides a venue in which to highlight exemplary dissemination research efforts while also identifying limitations in research to date and framing important future research questions. This issue establishes a resource for investigators interested in dissemination research, with relevance to health psychology. In this sense, it can serve as a benchmark by which to examine subsequent progress. The 6 articles reflect the state of the science in dissemination research for the promotion and adoption of health behavior change interventions.

MeSH terms

  • Behavioral Medicine*
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Humans
  • Research*
  • United States