Designing a knowledge translation tool for women’s health research in the U.S. Military Health System

Miranda Lynn Janvrin*, Jessica Korona-Bailey, Tracey Perez Koehlmoos

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Background: Current United States Department of Defense (DoD) estimates indicate that women comprise 17% of the total active duty component. Despite this, the specific health needs of service women have often been neglected. The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) at the Uniformed Services University (USU) has been working to create a portfolio of rapid research synthesis briefs on topics including, but not limited to reproductive health, infertility, pregnancy loss, and contraceptive use among active duty service women. The goal of these briefs is to condense and translate the existing research literature for a non-academic audience. The aim of this study is to evaluate the utility of the research briefs to inform decision making around service women’s health issues and impart an overall understanding of the current literature surrounding these topics to a non-academic audience. Methods: Adopting a previously tested knowledge translation evaluation tool, we conducted a series of key informant interviews in July–August 2022 with decision makers in the Military Health System and the US DoD to elicit feedback regarding the overall utility of the research brief, as well as its ability to meet standards of usefulness, usability, desirability, credibility, and value. Results: We interviewed a total of 17 participants of a diverse range of healthcare occupations and educational backgrounds, but all currently were working within the Department of Defense in support of the Military Health System. User feedback on the research brief was thematically evaluated based on the predetermined themes of usefulness, desirability, credibility, value, and two emergent themes—findability and language. Conclusions: This study allowed us to gather key insights from decision makers to better tailor future iterations of our research brief toward rapidly disseminating information for improving the healthcare and policy of active duty service women. The key themes ascertained from this study may help others when adapting their own knowledge translation tools.

Original languageEnglish
Article number47
JournalHealth Research Policy and Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Key informant interviews
  • Knowledge translation
  • Military health services
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Women’s health


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