Effects of an evidence service on health-system policy makers' use of research evidence: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial

John Lavis, Michael Wilson, Jeremy Grimshaw, R Haynes, Steven Hanna, Parminder Raina, Russell Gruen, Matthew Ouimet

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Abstract

Health-system policy makers need timely access to synthesised research evidence to inform the policy-making process. No efforts to address this need have been evaluated using an experimental quantitative design. We developed an evidence service that draws inputs from Health Systems Evidence, which is a database of policy-relevant systematic reviews. The reviews have been (a) categorised by topic and type of review; (b) coded by the last year searches for studies were conducted and by the countries in which included studies were conducted; (c) rated for quality; and (d) linked to available user-friendly summaries, scientific abstracts, and full-text reports. Our goal is to evaluate whether a full-serve evidence service increases the use of synthesized research evidence by policy analysts and advisors in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) as compared to a self-serve evidence service.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 8
Number of pages8
JournalImplementation Science
Volume6
Issue number51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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