Bridging the Gaps between Research, Policy and Practice in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Survey of Health Care Providers
Canadian Medical Association Journal, June 2010, 182:9.
11 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2015
Date Written: June 15, 2010
There continues to be gaps between research-based evidence and real-world clinical practice. This study was conducted to examine the use of research-based evidence in defined clinical areas relevant to the Millennium Development Goals. 1499 health care providers in ten low- and middle-income countries (China, Ghana, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Pakistan, Senegal and Tanzania) were surveyed about their use of research-based evidence and factors that may facilitate or impede such use. Findings showed that respondents were most likely to base clinical practices on research and publications from their own country. This suggests that increased investment in local research, or at least in locally adapted publications could have a positive impact on clinical practices.
Keywords: global health, research-based, evidence-based, Millennium Development Goals, China, Ghana, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Pakistan, Senega, Tanania, clinical practice, low-income, middle-income
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