Disseminating implementation science: Describing the impact of animations shared via social media

Michael Sykes*, Lucia Cerda, Juan Cerda, Tracy Finch

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Background: Dissemination is an under-researched activity that is important to researchers and funders and may have a role in creating conditions for implementation. We aim to study the impact of two animations shared via social media upon dissemination.
Methods: We developed two short animations to increase the awareness of healthcare positional leaders of work undertaken to enhance a much-used implementation intervention. We measured both how frequently the related articles were accessed, and engagement with the research team, before and after the intervention. We analysed variation over time using statistical process control to identify both trend and periods of significant change.
Results: We found evidence that the animation increased how frequently the articles were accessed, with a significant increase (p = <0.01) during the two weeks after release of each animation. One animation was associated with an increase in positional leaders’ engagement with the research team.
Conclusions: Animations shared via social media can enhance dissemination. We describe lessons from the work to develop the intervention and support calls for work to increase the understanding and adoption of effective dissemination interventions. Our findings provide support for further work using randomised study designs.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0270605
Number of pages14
JournalPLoS One
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2022


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