Communicating health research (45) Q3. Role of researchers (3)

18 September, 2022

Dear all,

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We now enter week 3 of our discussion and our guinding question is:

Q3. What is the role of researchers in research communication, beyond publication of their paper? What is the role of other stakeholders (eg communication professionals, editors, media, public health professionals and critical thinkers)

On this topic we have already had some relevant comments:

David R. Walugembe (Canada): 'As strategic planners/project managers, researchers have a role to network and engage the identified stakeholders to bridge the identified gaps and provide sufficient clear guidance on what they would wish other stakeholders to support them with.'

Ama Fenny (Ghana): 'The researchers work does not end with the publication of their paper as is often the case. It is important for the results to be given more visibility...'

Khin Thet Wai (Myanmar): 'It is of utmost importance to create the enabling environment for research communication beyond scientific publications. Researchers need to engage with regulatory authorities, policymakers and program implementers, academia, media personnel, and other influential stakeholders...'

There seems to be consensus that researchers should have a role in research communication, and that this role should be strengthened.

What do you think?

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Communicating health research

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