Sharing Health Literacy Research

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Effective dissemination is necessary for translating research findings into practice.

Advances in prevention, public health, and health care are, in part, limited by a failure to translate research findings into practice. Original research may take decades to become routine clinical practice or habits for large segments of the public. Increasing the amount of health literacy research is not enough—especially if the research is not used to create evidence-based interventions that are widely disseminated.

The disciplines of communication and social marketing, as well as translational research, could contribute significantly to more effective dissemination. The strategies and resources below will help achieve the goal of translating research to practice more effectively and disseminating it more quickly.

For more information about dissemination, please review the complete text of Goal 7 pdf icon[667 KB, 73 pages]external icon in the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.


Page last reviewed: February 8, 2021