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Table 6 Main effects reported by participants after the workshop

From: Research dissemination workshops: observations and implications based on an experience in Burkina Faso

Type of knowledge use Examples of knowledge use reported by participants
Knowledge dissemination (persuasive use) - Preparing a report after the workshop for one’s superiors
- Reporting to the members of a civil society organisation
- Discussing the results at a meeting in a health centre
- Loaning the policy briefs to colleagues to make them aware of the results
Confirmation (persuasive use) - Confirming observations made by participants in the field (improper use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), doing more than just distributing mosquito nets, etc.)
- Confirming a belief that there was not a rise in prescriptions after the introduction of free healthcare
Learning (conceptual use) - Learning about the researchers’ data collection process
- Learning about the existence of research projects on malaria in Kaya and about the results
- Theoretical learning (e.g. a positive RDT is required for each malaria case treated, free healthcare is not effective everywhere, household behaviours affect malaria propagation)
- Results inspiring new ideas: following the example of the researchers’ data collection methods to send more workers into the field
Change (instrumental use) - Reorienting certain interventions to better achieve the objectives
- Individual awareness-raising: ensuring each patient has his own mosquito net
- Changing practices in some health centres: waiting 20 days before repeating a treatment if the RDT is positive
- Conducting home visits to verify the use of mosquito nets
  1. Source: individual interviews with workshop participants (n = 7)