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Testing New Formats for the Presentation of Research Evidence to Health Care Managers and Policy Makers

2017-02-03 09:23:27 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Despite advances in the conduct and reporting of traditional systematic reviews, current evidence suggests that they are used infrequently by health care managers and policy makers in decision making. Managers and policy makers have suggested that concise presentation positively affects the use of systematic reviews. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to assess the impact of a traditional systematic review format compared with the innovative format on the ability of health care managers and policy makers to understand the evidence in the review and apply it to a relevant health care decision making scenario.

The two end-user groups have different formatting needs and will therefore run 2 parallel studies, randomizing each group separately. Once participants have consented to participate, a computer generated randomization process will allocate them to one of 2 arms (1:1 ratio). Unequal block randomization will be used and allocation will be concealed through central assignment. Outcomes assessors will be blinded and participants will be blinded to the citation of the review so that the traditional version will not be easily accessible in its original format from the relevant journal.

This study will be the first study to engage health care managers and policy makers in the testing of formats for presentation of research evidence relevant to their needs. The results of the project will help increase the uptake of systematic review results in health care management policy decision-making, ultimately leading to informed decision making and positively impacting the health of Canadians.

Study Design

Conditions

Uptake of Systematic Review Evidence

Intervention

Novel systematic review format

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2017-02-03T09:23:27-0500

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