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The Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section reviews applications that focus on the dissemination and implementation of knowledge from scientific discovery to transform healthcare delivery, improve health outcomes and manage acute and chronic illness.

Studies focus on how health information, interventions and scientifically based clinical practices are adopted in public health and healthcare in a variety of settings. Research approaches may include qualitative methods, quantitative and mixed-method approaches; experimental and quasi-experimental designs. The study section does not review applications in basic science, development or testing of biomarkers, or translational science from a biological perspective.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Organization, adoption, and integration of efforts to implement health promotion, prevention, screening, early detection, diagnostic interventions, treatments, clinical procedures, mobile health (mHealth) applications or platforms, or guidelines into practice for health care providers, patients, organizations, and communities.
  • Approaches to identifying, understanding, and overcoming barriers to the adoption, implementation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions.
  • Development of outcome measures and research methods that assess the ability of an approach to move evidence into practice in healthcare delivery or healthcare settings.
  • The de-implementation of clinical and community practices that are not evidence-based, have been prematurely adopted, yield suboptimal benefits, or are harmful or wasteful.
  • The implementation of multiple evidence-based practices within community or clinical settings to meet the needs of complex patients and diverse systems of care.
  • Patient and/or caregiver outcomes of care related to the adoption and integration of evidence-based health interventions into community, primary care or home-based settings.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD): Applications focused on the organization, delivery, utilization and outcomes of health services, including availability, access and acceptability, quality of care and financing of health care, are reviewed in HSOD. Applications focusing on the dissemination and integration of evidence-based health interventions to improve health services outcomes, including acceptability, quality of care and cost-effectiveness, are reviewed in DIRH.

Community Level Health Promotion (CLHP): Applications that test the efficacy and effectiveness of community-level interventions that focus on preventing or moderating health risks and/or adherence to disease treatments are reviewed in CLHP. Applications which focus on the dissemination, as well as the integration of evidence-based, community-level health interventions, are reviewed in DIRH.

Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP): Intervention studies that primarily focus on mechanisms and processes underlying health disparities are reviewed in HDEP. Applications focusing on the dissemination, adoption, and integration of evidence-based interventions that address health disparities, are reviewed in DIRH.

Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences (NRCS): Applications focusing on treatment modalities, supportive strategies and related patient and/or caregiver outcomes of care may be assigned to NRCS if in institutional or specialty care settings, or CMPC if in community, primary care or home-based settings. Applications focusing on patient and/or caregiver outcomes of care specifically related to the adoption and integration of evidence-based health interventions are reviewed in DIRH.

Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics (BCHI): Applications focusing on the development and testing of mobile applications or platforms (“Apps”), and other clinical informatics methods are reviewed in BCHI. Applications that assess the dissemination and/or the adoption and integration of evidence-based mobile health (mHealth) applications or clinical decision support tools are reviewed in DIRH.