Evid Based Nurs 5:38-40 doi:10.1136/ebn.5.2.38

So much research evidence, so little dissemination and uptake: mixing the useful with the pleasing

Context/setting Types of evidence preferred Communication formats used
    Universities; private sector; discipline oriented; long term time frames Original research; peer reviewed; scientific > qualitative; basic > applied research Academic journals; academic meetings; internet
    Community practice; clinical management; patient oriented; short term time frames Practical summaries; clinical applications; patient preferences; applied > basic research Colleagues/conferences; summaries/reviews; audit/feedback; professional journals
    Public agencies; programme oriented; population oriented; varying time frames Practical summaries; programme evaluations; cost effectiveness; applied > basic research Summaries/reviews; personal contacts; conferences/meetings; internet, journals, media
    Elected fora; problem oriented; responsive to crises; varying time frames Problem summaries; policy solutions; cost effectiveness; anecdotal > scientific Staff briefings; personal contacts; polls; constituents; media

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