The 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Mapping the Complexity and Dynamism of the Field will focus on unpacking the dynamism and complexity of dissemination and implementation processes. Too often, our efforts to conduct D&I research are limited by a short-term goal of getting effective interventions implemented. This may mean that our attention is not placed on significant decisions about whether interventions should be sustained or discontinued ("de-implemented"). The concept of dynamism encourages us to think about how to provide the best possible health information and services over the course of constant and rapid change, to meet individual needs, preferences, and local environments. In addition, new expectations and opportunities exist to make large-scale gains in health at a population level but only if we understand the application of scientific discoveries to diverse contexts, and give attention to the complex fit between evidence and evidence-based interventions and the variety of community and clinical settings where health and health care is delivered. This conference intends to support collective understanding of the research agenda to incorporate these challenges into D&I research.
The abstract solicitation and conference structure have been designed to focus our thinking and discussion on the highest priorities for dissemination and implementation science now and in the future to help optimize health and health care in the US and elsewhere. Given the breadth of the field and the importance of maximizing opportunities for participants to follow consistent themes throughout the concurrent sessions of the meeting, we are including nine thematic tracks to organize the conference agenda.
Dissemination and Implementation Science seeks to promote and rigorously evaluate strategies for integrating evidence-based approaches into clinical and diverse community settings via public health practice, healthcare delivery, and healthcare policy. As still emerging fields, the definitions of dissemination and implementation and the type of research they encompass may vary according to setting, sponsor, mechanisms of action, and target. The intent of this research is to investigate and address social, behavioral, economic, and organizational factors and policies that impede effective dissemination and implementation of evidence-based clinical, public health, and organizational findings, test new approaches to improve health programming, and determine causal relationships between the strategies to implement interventions and the impacts of their use. Dissemination and Implementation Science is also characterized by a focus on variations in dissemination and implementation processes (e.g., how evidence/interventions are integrated) and how the context (e.g., setting, population, and economic drivers) leads to heterogeneity of results. Thus, the conference seeks novel research or conceptual papers that address any of the topics included within the thematic tracks, with an emphasis on empirical findings for how best to integrate evidence-based interventions within clinical and community settings and/or how to recast the nature or conduct of the research itself to make it more relevant and actionable in those settings.
We are now accepting abstract submissions for the 9th Annual Conference, which will take place on December 14-15, 2016, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.
Submission Deadline: August 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Abstracts are encouraged for three types of scientific sessions: Individual Oral presentations, Panel presentations, and Poster presentations. A select number of accepted posters may be invited to participate in a poster slam session as well. Priority will be given to abstracts that address the overall conference theme, fit well in one of the conference tracks, and present high-quality data to support abstract conclusions. Authors will be required to select a track for their abstract and must adhere to the format: Background, Methods, Findings, Implications for D & I Research.
Note: Abstracts presenting results of empirical research should report completed studies or substantial interim results. Abstracts describing proposed or early stage studies are not encouraged.
Abstracts will be reviewed with preference being given to those that 1) focus on the conference theme and tracks (see areas of focus); 2) utilize rigorous and relevant research methods; 3) present high quality data to support findings; and 4) adequately demonstrate how the study will advance the field.
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