Maximizing the Impact of Economics Research
Many health economics and health services researchers understand the challenge of distilling economic research findings for clinicians, policymakers, and the public. Few studies consider early on how and by whom the findings might be best used, and how best to communicate the results. Consequently, findings may never make it into practice or policy due to their technical elements.
To maximize the impact of economics research, the results must be accessible and delivered to the right end user at the right time. Dissemination science research helps define the audiences to reach, and their attitudes and preferences for how they receive information. Dissemination science also evaluates the effectiveness of different knowledge translation approaches.
At CHERISH, we study these methods and use them to help researchers optimize the impact of their findings. Our content engages stakeholders and health economics researchers in information exchange and translates health economic research results into accessible communications.
Penn LDI & CHERISH Launch New Online Communications Training Course for Academic Researchers
The University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), which since 2019 has been offering the [email protected] in-person communications course to help academic researchers translate and disseminate their findings more widely, has developed and just launched a free, online course providing an introduction to the same topics. The new training resource is a […]
Patient Preferences Do Not Explain Racial Disparities in Opioid Prescribing
Why are Black patients less likely than white patients to be prescribed opioids for acute pain in the emergency department (ED)? While many theories have been put forward (ranging from racial differences in patients’ pain management preferences to providers’ false beliefs in biological differences between racial groups), the specific mechanisms underpinning these disparities are unclear. […]
Dissemination Science to Advance the Use of Simulation Modeling
COVID-19 has brought simulation modeling to the foreground of public discourse, as policy makers and stakeholders project the effects of different interventions to “flatten the curve.” Simulation models allow investigators to tinker with different conditions of the world to observe how they affect future outcomes; however, translating the models’ results to the public can be […]
COVID-19 Can Change The Way We Respond To The Opioid Crisis – For The Better
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges in healthcare delivery to people who use drugs. However, it may also have provided impetus to precipitate innovative changes in providing opioid overdose prevention, syringe services, and medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) to this vulnerable population. In a new Viewpoint in Psychiatric Services, CHERISH Research Affiliate Yuhua Bao from […]
Strengthening Partnerships Between Substance Use Researchers and Policy Makers
Comprehensive evidence-based policy is crucial in combatting the substance use crisis. CHERISH Investigators from the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute Zachary Meisel, Julia Mitchell, Daniel Polsky and Janet Weiner published a new study in Substance Abuse Treatment Prevention and Policy that describes how eighteen policy makers involved in the delivery of health services engage with substance […]