Supporting the Use of Research Evidence in the Canadian Health Sector

Michael Wilson, John Lavis, Jeremy Grimshaw
2012 Healthcare Quarterly  
Interventions to support evidence-informed decision making have increased in recent years, but they are often fragmented across different clinical, management and policy environments. Many of these efforts also place varying emphasis on supporting the use of research evidence, with some choosing to focus more on expert knowledge and/or media coverage and others focusing on supporting the use of actionable messages arising from high-quality, relevant and optimally packaged research evidence. In
more » ... his paper, we profile five Canadian contributions -EvidenceUpdates, Rx for Change,, Health Systems Evidence and the McMaster Health Forum -that allow providers, managers and policy makers to efficiently find and use research evidence when they need it. These contributions are critical for supporting both local and global efforts to provide optimal and costeffective care, improving the quality of care and strengthening health systems. esearch evidence is an important input into decision making for both healthcare providers and for health system managers and policy makers. Research evidence can inform decisions about which programs, services and drugs to provide as well as decisions both about health systems (i.e., strengthening or reforming health system governance, financial and delivery arrangements within which programs, services and drugs are provided) and within health systems (i.e., how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them) (Lavis et al. 2010).
doi:10.12927/hcq.2013.23148 fatcat:djl76lcj7neqtaghdrcjhcs2e4