Assessing dissemination of animal health research findings

Alpi, Kristine M. (2009). Assessing dissemination of animal health research findings. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane Australia, (1-10). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Alpi, Kristine M.
Title of paper Assessing dissemination of animal health research findings
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 10
Abstract/Summary Funding agencies such as NIH and the Wellcome Trust have advanced public access policies to ensure dissemination of findings from their funded research. Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is a major animal health funder interested in dissemination of its grantees’ research results. The MAF completed studies database provided five years of source data for a three-part investigation on dissemination of research findings. The extent of availability to practitioners of published literature resulting from MAF funding was measured by the time to publication, journal type, and access level (abstracts online, open access, society membership, indexing). The use of the published papers was examined through cited reference searches in Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar, review of reference lists of relevant practice guidelines, and popular press articles that discuss the topic. An assessment of whether companion animal caregivers seeking information on these topics would retrieve the findings from MAF studies will be done through Internet searches of Google using both the researcher’s abstract terms and educated lay consumer terminology. The top ten sites retrieved by each search will be characterized and compared. The ranked position of the MAF website will also be identified. Selected areas (canine, equine, and oncology) with other funding will provide comparisons to see how studies on similar topics have been disseminated. Recommendations drawn from information retrieval, health literacy, and scholarly information sharing will suggest dissemination strategies that may impact the availability of new knowledge from funded research in animal health.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
080704 Information Retrieval and Web Search
0707 Veterinary Sciences
Keyword Information retrieval
Research dissemination
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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