Triage for action: Systematic assessment and dissemination of construction health and safety research

Am J Ind Med. 2015 Aug;58(8):838-48. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22477. Epub 2015 May 26.


Background: Research translation too often relies on passive methods that fail to reach those who can impact the workplace. The need for better research to practice (r2p) approaches is especially pressing in construction, where a disproportionate number of workers suffer serious injury illness.

Methods: A triage process was designed and used to systematically review completed research, assess r2p readiness, establish priorities, and launch dissemination follow-up efforts. A mixed quantitative and qualitative approach was used.

Results: The process proved effective in ensuring that significant findings and evidence-based solutions are disseminated actively. Key factors emerged in the selection of follow-up priorities, including availability of partners able to reach end users, windows of opportunity, and cross-cutting approaches that can benefit multiple dissemination efforts.

Conclusions: Use of a systematic triage process may have an important role to play in building r2p capacity in construction safety and health.

Keywords: construction health and safety; dissemination; promotion of evidence-based practices; research to practice; triage tool.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Capacity Building
  • Construction Industry / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Medicine / methods*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / methods*
  • Triage
  • Workplace