After the hard work of research, make sure your findings reach the people you need

It is all too easy to forget dissemination of your research if you feel drained from it or in a rush to move on to the next project. This could be a big mistake, says Liz Halcomb

Two Nurse Researcher articles highlight the need to consider the types of research dissemination strategies that might be relevant to your research project

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.

Much of the discussion about disseminating research centres on publication of research findings in the peer reviewed literature. Dissemination, however, also


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