Dissemination research in cancer control: where are we and where should we go?

Cancer Causes Control. 2009 May;20(4):473-85. doi: 10.1007/s10552-009-9308-0. Epub 2009 Feb 18.


Dissemination of evidence-based programs and policies is a critical final step in reducing the burden of cancer in the general public. Yet, we have not been fully successful to date in improving clinical or public health practice by disseminating programs found to be effective in research. Therefore, research is needed into the dissemination process and outcomes to enable better efforts in the future. This paper explores the definitions and models used for dissemination, the designs of dissemination studies, and possible research questions in dissemination research, all focused on cancer prevention and control. We hope that this paper will encourage dissemination research in our field.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Preventive Medicine / standards*
  • Research Design* / standards
  • United States