National Institutes of Health approaches to dissemination and implementation science: current and future directions

Am J Public Health. 2012 Jul;102(7):1274-81. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300755. Epub 2012 May 17.


To address the vast gap between current knowledge and practice in the area of dissemination and implementation research, we address terminology, provide examples of successful applications of this research, discuss key sources of support, and highlight directions and opportunities for future advances. There is a need for research testing approaches to scaling up and sustaining effective interventions, and we propose that further advances in the field will be achieved by focusing dissemination and implementation research on 5 core values: rigor and relevance, efficiency, collaboration, improved capacity, and cumulative knowledge.

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.) / organization & administration*
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / methods
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / organization & administration
  • United States