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FROM LABORATORY RESEARCH TO THE PUBLIC: SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FOR POLICY, RESEARCH COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC

Emily Kabuye, Tom Lutalo, Pontiano Kaleebu, Edward Mbidde
2017 BMJ Global Health  
The Government of Uganda uses empirical evidence for policy formulation. The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and the International Association of National Public Health Institutions (IANPHI) trained journalists and scientists to communicate research processes and findings to the public. This improved the capacity to communicate important information during outbreaks and to disseminate research findings as part of policy formulation. Methods Through training workshops, 30 research
more » ... 30 research scientists including study coordinators, research officers and principal investigators interacted with 12 health reporters from various media houses. Training covered writing policy briefs and press releases. Attendees were taken through the 'dos and don'ts' when being interviewed by television/radio journalist while journalists were trained in basic epidemiology terms and research processes. They analysed research papers to find different story angles. They conducted mock media talk shows for television and radio and these sessions were reviewed by all those in attendance, identifying areas for improvement. Results Key findings revealed that journalists do not ably write about research findings because they do not understand the scientific research procedure. Training journalists on health research communication, ethical issues and research procedure enabled them to appreciate the scientific research process. Continued interaction was found to be of help to articulate
doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000260.177 fatcat:ikzemkogkfarxfn3vgcia3vmh4