Title The Use of Research Evidence in Public Health Policy Decision Making Has Not Been Documented
Clinical Question Are public health care policies based primarily on the best available research evidence?
Clinical Bottom Line There is limited evidence to document that public health policy makes use of research evidence in public policy decision making.
Best Evidence  
PubMed ID Author / Year Patient Group Study type
(level of evidence)
21818262Orton/20111063 public health decision makers, 72 researchers, and 174 with overlapping rolesSystematic Review
Key resultsOut of 18 studies there was no dependable evidence as to the research being used in the decision-making processes.
Evidence Search ("Evidence-Based Practice"[Majr]) AND "Decision Making"[Mesh]
Comments on
The Evidence
Orton and colleagues reported a systematic review regarding the use of evidence in health care decision-making. Their methods were very detailed and their selection criteria appears to be valid. However, they found the evidence to be of low quality.
Applicability This research has focused on public health policy decision making rather than an individual's clinical decisions; a much more difficult thing to change and keep track of.
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Keywords Health care, Evidence-based practice, Decision Making
ID# 2461
Date of submission 03/21/2013
E-mail martinla@livemail.uthscsa.edu
Author Leigh Martin
Co-author(s) e-mail
Faculty mentor David Senn, DDS
Faculty mentor e-mail SENN@uthscsa.edu
Basic Science Rationale
(Mechanisms that may account for and/or explain the clinical question, i.e. is the answer to the clinical question consistent with basic biological, physical and/or behavioral science principles, laws and research?)
None available
Comments and Evidence-Based Updates on the CAT
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