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Title: Brief Overview of a Major Review by L. W. Green, et al (2009) entitled: Diffusion Theory and Knowledge Dissemination, Utilization, and Integration in Public Health

Description: A 2009 chapter in the Annual Review of Public Health highlights ?concepts that have guided or misguided public health in their attempts to bridge science and practice through dissemination and implementation.

?The review begins with diffusion theory ?which inspired much of public health?s work on dissemination.? The concepts of diffusion, dissemination, and implementation are compared with related notions that have ?served other fields in bridging science and practice.?

The authors conclude with suggestions about ?ways to blend diffusion with other theory and evidence in guiding a more decentralized approach to dissemination and implementation in public health, including changes in the ways we produce the science itself.?

Access at:   http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/diffusiontheory.pdf  46k; 5pp