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|Title: ||Use of health systems and policy research evidence in the health policymaking in eastern Mediterranean countries: views and practices of researchers|
|Authors: ||El-Jardali, Fadi|
Lavis, John N
|Keywords: ||POLICY MAKING|
HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Citation: ||El-Jardali, F., Lavis, J. N., Ataya, N., & Jamal, D. (2012). Use of health systems and policy research evidence in the health policymaking in eastern Mediterranean countries: views and practices of researchers. Implementation Science, 7 (2). doi:10.1186/1748-5908-7-2|
|Abstract: ||Background: Limited research exists on researchers’ knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) in the eastern
Mediterranean region (EMR). This multi-country study explores researchers’ views and experiences regarding the
role of health systems and policy research evidence in health policymaking in the EMR, including the factors that
influence health policymaking, barriers and facilitators to the use of evidence, and the factors that increase
researchers’ engagement in KTE.
Methods: Researchers who published health systems and policy relevant research in 12 countries in the EMR
(Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) were surveyed.
Descriptive analysis and Linear Mixed Regression Models were performed for quantitative sections and the simple
thematic analysis approach was used for open-ended questions.
Results: A total of 238 researchers were asked to complete the survey (response rate 56%). Researchers indicated
transferring results to other researchers (67.2%) and policymakers in the government (40.5%). Less than one-quarter
stated that they produced policy briefs (14.5%), disseminated messages that specified possible actions (24.4%),
interacted with policymakers and stakeholders in priority-setting (16%), and involved them in their research (19.8%).
Insufficient policy dialogue opportunities and collaboration between researchers and policymakers and stakeholders
(67.9%), practical constraints to implementation (66%), non-receptive policy environment (61.3%), and politically
sensitive findings (57.7%) hindered the use of evidence. Factors that increase researchers’ engagement in KTE
activities in the region were associated with involving policymakers and stakeholders at various stages such as
priority-setting exercises and provision of technical assistance.
Conclusions: Researchers in the EMR recognize the importance of using health systems evidence in health
policymaking. Potential strategies to improve the use of research evidence emphasize two-way communication
between researchers and policymakers. Findings are critical for the upcoming World Health Report 2012, which will
emphasize the significance of conducting and translating health research to inform health policies.|
|Project Number: ||103460|
|Project Title: ||Teasdale-Corti Global Health Research Partnership|
|Appears in Collections:||IDRC Research Results / Résultats de recherches du CRDI|
Research Results (GHRI) / Résultats de recherches (IRSM)
Teasdale-Corti Global Health Research Partnership (TC) / partenariat Teasdale-Corti de recherche en santé mondiale
Health Systems Research / recherche sur les systèmes de santé
2010-2019 / Années 2010-2019
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