January 22, 2015

Knowing what works

A systematic review of barriers to and facilitators of the use of evidence by policymakers

Evidence-based health policy should be grounded on knowledge on what works. Too often we see that policy-maker decisions' are far from that. Understanding why, is the first step to fixing it. In this article you'll find a systematic review on this topic:
The most frequently reported barriers were the lack of availability to research, lack of relevant research, having no time or opportunity to use research evidence, policymakers' and other users not being skilled in research methods, and costs . The most frequently reported facilitators also included access to and improved dissemination of research, and existence of and access to relevant research. Collaboration and relationships between policymakers and research staff were all reported as important factors.