After the hard work of research, make sure your findings reach the people you need it to
Elizabeth Halcomb Professor, Primary healthcare nursing, Postgraduate studies at the School of Nursing, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, Nurse Researcher
Two articles in this issue of Nurse Researcher highlight the need to consider the types of research dissemination strategies that could be relevant to the impact your research project makes
An important but too often neglected step in the research process is the dissemination of findings. Sometimes researchers are drained from the hard work it has taken to conduct the project, other times they want to move on to the next project and so do not take the time to ensure that their research is optimally disseminated. This is a mistake. Gaps in research dissemination limit the reach and impact of the research. When dissemination strategies are not well developed and put into practice, good and necessary research does not reach those who most need to know about the findings.
Nurse Researcher. 27, 4, 6-7. doi: 10.7748/nr.27.4.6.s2