The gap between research and practice or policy is often described as a problem. To identify new barriers to, and facilitators of, the use of evidence by policy makers, and assess the state of research in this area, Bio Med Central recently updated a systematic review.
They searched online databases including Medline, Embase, SocSci Abstracts, CDS, DARE, Psychlit, Cochrane Library, NHSEED, HTA, PAIS, IBSS (Search dates: July 2000-September 2012). Studies were included if they were primary research or systematic reviews about factors affecting the use of evidence in policy. Studies were coded to extract data on methods, topic, focus, results and population.
Read further about the systematic review the findings and the conclusion: