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WashU, Michigan: Citations Useful in Selecting D&I Frameworks

Less might be more when it comes to frameworks for dissemination and implementation (D&I) research and practice, according to Washington University in St. Louis – Brown School Public Health Programs and the University of Michigan School of Public Health

In a literature review led by Dr. Ted Skolarus assistant professor at Michigan, researchers found a surge in D&I frameworks – guides for understanding efforts to implement health programs and policies. But most of the articles were rarely cited.

“There does appear to be framework saturation, creating an increasing need to delve further into better understanding the current cadre rather than creating new D&I frameworks,” wrote co-authors Dr. Jenine Harris, associate professor, and Dr. Rachel Tabak, research assistant professor, at WashU.

“Researchers and practitioners may consider the frequency of citations when planning implementation efforts to promote systematic advances in D&I science.”

The paper was published July 28 in Implementation Science.

[Photo: Dr. Jenine Harris]

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