Historical roots of dissemination and implementation science

James W. Dearing, Kerk F. Kee, Tai Quan Peng

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This chapter describes the evolution of diffusion of innovations theory, and how concepts from that paradigm as well as knowledge utilization and technology transfer research have contributed to the evidence-based medicine and evidence-based public health emphases in dissemination and implementation. It covers methods of studying how new innovations are adopted. The authors suggest that dissemination and implementation researchers and practitioners will continue to find relevance and applicability in these former research traditions as they seek ways to study and apply new information and communication technologies to the challenges of dissemination activity by innovation proponents, diffusion responses by adopters, and then subsequent implementation and sustained use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDissemination and Implementation Research in Health
Subtitle of host publicationTranslating Science to Practice, Second Edition
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780190683214
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Communication
  • Diffusion
  • Innovations
  • Knowledge utilization
  • Relative advantage
  • Trialability


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