So Much Research Evidence, So Little Dissemination and Uptake: Mixing the Useful with the Pleasing

January 11, 2001

Charlotte Waddell. So much research evidence, so little dissemination and uptake: Mixing the useful with the pleasing. (2001). Evidence-Based Mental Health, 4(1).


To the continuing consternation of many health scientists, their best research results, the fruits of much caring toil and labour, often appear to remain unused by health clinicians and policy decision-makers. Despite the volumes of research evidence available, relatively little is disseminated and taken up or applied in practice. These dissemination and uptake problems are neither new nor unique. The literature from many disciplines is replete with examples of new research findings not being widely used in decision-making, sometimes for decades or more.

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