Disseminating the Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice Project
This is the last chapter in the new book Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice: A Workbook for Health Professionals. The chapter addresses the steps in disseminating the results and products from an interprofessional evidence-based project.
Dissemination is the final phase of the interprofessional evidence-based practice process and is the process of spreading knowledge and information in a targeted manner about an intervention, program, or strategy with the purpose of increasing use and achieving a greater impact within an institution, as well as for the healthcare consumer and for the professional community. Dissemination is especially concerned with knowledge transfer and exchange. The dissemination phase requires planning that occurs throughout the project, but becomes more important as the interprofessional EBP project ends. To create an effective dissemination plan, the interprofessional team determines what to disseminate, identifies potential end users who may benefit and who may have an interest in the new practice, engages dissemination partners who will facilitate the spread of the practice change, determines the most appropriate communication methods, creates a budget for supporting dissemination, and evaluates the effectiveness of the plan. In making decisions about dissemination, the interprofessional team considers the behaviors, beliefs, and values of the end users practicing within specific healthcare organizations, and chooses strategies that address the needs of those receiving the information. The dissemination plan focuses on improving interprofessional practice and collaboration through distributing information across disciplines that may use or that are crucial for supporting the intervention. The dissemination plan addresses the dissemination strategy, the actions to implement the strategy, the timeline, the responsible members on the interprofessional team for each activity, the evaluation methods, and the process for ending the dissemination phase of the EBP project.
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