The cancer prevention and control research network: An interactive systems approach to advancing cancer control implementation research and practice. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Although cancer research has advanced at a rapid pace, a gap remains between what is known about how to improve cancer prevention and control (CPC) and what is implemented as best practices within health care systems and communities. The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN), with more than 10 years of dissemination and implementation research experience, aims to accelerate the uptake and use of evidence-based CPC interventions. METHODS: The collective work of the CPCRN has facilitated the analysis and categorization of research and implementation efforts according to the Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation (ISF), providing a useful heuristic for bridging the gap between prevention research and practice. The ISF authors have called for examples of its application as input to help refine the model. RESULTS: We provide examples of how the collaborative activities supported by the CPCRN, using community-engaged processes, accelerated the synthesis and translation of evidence, built both general and innovation-specific capacity, and worked with delivery systems to advance cancer control research and practice. CONCLUSIONS: The work of the CPCRN has provided real-world examples of the application of the ISF and demonstrated that synthesizing and translating evidence can increase the potential that evidence-based CPC programs will be used and that capacity building for both the support system and the delivery system is crucial for the successful implementation and maintenance of evidence-based cancer control. IMPACT: Adoption and implementation of CPC can be enhanced by better understanding ISF systems and intervening to improve them.

published proceedings

  • Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev

altmetric score

  • 2.7

author list (cited authors)

  • Fernndez, M. E., Melvin, C. L., Leeman, J., Ribisl, K. M., Allen, J. D., Kegler, M. C., ... Hebert, J. R.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Fernández, María E||Melvin, Cathy L||Leeman, Jennifer||Ribisl, Kurt M||Allen, Jennifer D||Kegler, Michelle C||Bastani, Roshan||Ory, Marcia G||Risendal, Betsy C||Hannon, Peggy A||Kreuter, Matthew W||Hebert, James R

publication date

  • November 2014