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The Use of Research Evidence in Public Health Decision Making Processes: Systematic Review

By 22 December 2011

Background

The use of research evidence to underpin public health policy is strongly promoted. However, its implementation has not been straightforward. The objectives of this systematic review were to synthesise empirical evidence on the use of research evidence by public health decision makers in settings with universal health care systems.

Methods

To locate eligible studies, 13 bibliographic databases were screened, organisational websites were scanned, key informants were contacted and bibliographies of included studies were scrutinised. Two reviewers independently assessed studies for inclusion, extracted data and assessed methodological quality. Data were synthesised as a narrative review.

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Title: The Use of Research Evidence in Public Health Decision Making Processes: Systematic Review Author: Orton L, Lloyd-Williams F, Taylor-Robinson D, O'Flaherty M, Capewell S Year: 2011