Methods of disseminating and translating research findings to health care professionals (HCPs) and other stakeholders.

The effectiveness of summary of findings (SoF) tables as a means of communicating key findings of systematic reviews.

Dates: 2014-2018


  • to assess the effects of Summary of Findings (SoF) tables on communicating key findings of systematic reviews
  • to plan, design and implement an evidence-informed, theory-based initiative, called Evidence Rounds, which disseminates evidence, and promotes implementation and evidence-informed practice
  • to describe the processes, mechanisms and contextual factors involved in the implementation of Evidence Rounds
  • to investigate the perceptions of the target audience of Evidence Rounds to inform the development of similar initiatives

Description of article-based PhD:

Paper one is a Cochrane systematic review assessing the effects of Summary of Findings tables on communicating key findings of systematic reviews of healthcare interventions to any potential user eg. patients and their families or carers, healthcare professionals, policy makers, health systems managers, systematic review authors or other stakeholders. The second paper is the protocol of this systematic review which describes our planned rationale, hypothesis, and methods to assess the effects.

This is followed by a two-part series presenting the original research findings from the Evidence Rounds study conducted in collaboration with staff at University Hospital Galway. Paper three describes the complex process of planning, designing and implementing Evidence Rounds. We identify core components and adaptations undertaken throughout the duration of implementation. We report attendance figures at group sessions and web analytics from our dedicated website. Collaboration was a key feature of the initiative and this paper is co-authored by five HCPs who were members of the implementation team. We detail the initiative by applying Lavis’s (2003) Organising Framework for Knowledge Transfer. We used the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist to report the initiative. We provide examples of topics where implementation occurred or did not occur.

In the fourth paper, we report the findings of focus groups and interviews with our target clinical audience. We ask them to identify barriers and facilitators to attending and presenting at the initiative, the usefulness of modes of delivery used in our implementation strategy, and how it could be improved and made more sustainable. We employed the framework approach by Ritchie and Spencer (1994) to analyse the data.

Contact: Aislinn Conway or @AislinnConway

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