Do evidence summaries increase policy-makers’ use of evidence from systematic reviews: A systematic review protocol

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Title: Do evidence summaries increase policy-makers’ use of evidence from systematic reviews: A systematic review protocol
Authors: Petkovic, Jennifer
Welch, Vivian
Tugwell, Peter
Date: 2015-09-28
Abstract: Abstract Background Systematic reviews are important for decision-makers. They offer many potential benefits but are often written in technical language, are too long, and do not contain contextual details which makes them hard to use for decision-making. There are many organizations that develop and disseminate derivative products, such as evidence summaries, from systematic reviews for different populations or subsets of decision-makers. This systematic review will assess the effectiveness of systematic review summaries on increasing policymakers’ use of systematic review evidence and to identify the components or features of these summaries that are most effective. Methods/design We will include studies of policy-makers at all levels as well as health-system managers. We will include studies examining any type of “evidence summary,” “policy brief,” or other products derived from systematic reviews that present evidence in a summarized form. The primary outcomes are the following: (1) use of systematic review summaries decision-making (e.g., self-reported use of the evidence in policy-making, decision-making) and (2) policy-maker understanding, knowledge, and/or beliefs (e.g., changes in knowledge scores about the topic included in the summary). We will conduct a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs), non-randomized controlled trials (NRCTs), controlled before-after studies (CBA), and interrupted time series (ITS) studies. Discussion The results of this review will inform the development of future systematic review summaries to ensure that systematic review evidence is accessible to and used by policy-makers making health-related decisions.
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13643-015-0116-1
http://hdl.handle.net/10393/33111
CollectionLibre accès - Publications // Open Access - Publications
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