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Exploring the importance of evidence in local health and wellbeing strategies.

Kneale, Dylan; Rojas-García, Antonio; Thomas, James.
J Public Health (Oxf) ; 40(suppl_1): i13-i23, 2018 03 01.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29538727
As evidence generators, we need to respond to the changes in the health delivery landscape if we are to continue to support public health decision-makers to make informed and judicious evidence-based choices. This study employs documentary analysis to (i) explore the extent of research evidence use in public health decision-making; (ii) to analyse occurrences of research evidence use in decision-making and (iii) to ascertain whether patterns of evidence use overlap with other area characteristics. Health and Wellbeing Strategies constitute the main source of documentary evidence. Initial results highlight that local areas are undertaking their own programmes of research that are used to inform specific questions, although the methodological robustness of these studies is unknown. There are also commonalities with previous findings, particularly with regard to the underutilization of qualitative research evidence and evidence on the effectiveness of interventions. Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis, this paper also highlights that underutilization of more academic research evidence appears disproportionally weighted towards areas with some of the most complex needs but that are not receiving the highest level of spending to meet these challenges. These areas in particular may be those where knowledge brokerage activities may have the greatest impacts.