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Disseminating Findings From EPC Reports: Pilot Project of Three Products

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This report is from AHRQ's series on Health Systems Partnership Pilot Project Reports. These reports describe the efforts of Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) to work with health care decisionmakers and facilitate the use of information from AHRQ EPC evidence reports.

Key Messages

Purpose of project: To conduct a pilot study of three dissemination products for an evidence report targeting decision makers in a health system.

Findings: Key messages, as key points or newsletter item, were seen as useful by one of four respondents. Other responses suggest that the dissemination products were generally not considered informative. The other product, an Evidence to Decision (EtD) framework does not seem generally feasible, or useful, as a dissemination product for EPC reports.

Lessons Learned for EPC Program: The nature of the evidence report and decision used in this pilot study limits specific applicability to other EPC reports.

Utility for Health Systems: It is unclear what role dissemination products from evidence reports may play for specific decision makers and specific decisions if information not requested.

Structured Abstract

Objectives. To conduct a pilot study of three dissemination products for an evidence report targeting decision makers in a health system.

Methods. We selected a recent evidence report that presented information about a specific decision. We then prepared three dissemination products for the report: key points, newsletter item, and an evidence to decision (EtD) framework. We identified and sought feedback from those in a health system who make the specific decision.

Results. We received responses from four of the five decision makers. The key points and newsletter item products were considered useful by one respondent. The other responses were not comprehensive but suggested that none of the products were helpful.

Conclusions. Dissemination alone or "pushing" information not requested does not seem to be seen as informative or useful by decision makers. Identifying what information to provide when, especially when not requested by the health system decision makers, needs further consideration.

Citation

Suggested citation: Robinson KA. Disseminating Findings from EPC Reports: Pilot Project of Three Products. Methods Research Report. (Prepared by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2015-00006-I) AHRQ Publication No. 18(19)-EHC024-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2018. Posted final reports are located on the Effective Health Care Program search page. DOI: https://doi.org/10.23970/AHRQEPCMETHENGAGEDISSEM.