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Title: Utilization of Health Research Recommendation in Policy and Planning
Authors: Dhimal, Meghnath
Pandey, Achyut Raj
Aryal, Krishna Kumar
Buddhathoki, Chitra Bahadur
Vaidya, Daya Laxmi
Karki, Khem Bahadur
Onta, Sharad
Citation: DhimalM., PandeyA. R., AryalK. K., BuddhathokiC. B., VaidyaD. L., KarkiK. B., & OntaS. (2017). Utilization of Health Research Recommendation in Policy and Planning. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, 14(3).
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Nepal Health Research Council
Article Type: Original Article
Keywords: Actionable message
Evidence based policy making
Policy making
Utilization of research recommendation
Series/Report no.: Sep-Dec, 2016;872
Abstract: Abstract Background: Over the past decade in Nepal, a large number of studies have been carried in a variety of health areas; however whether evidence derived from these studies has been used to inform health policy has not been explored. This study aims to assess the utilization of recommendations from health research in health policy and plans, and to identify the factors that influence utilization of research findings by policy makers’ in Nepal. Methods: Qualitative study incorporating literature review and semi-structured interviews was used. Research reports and health related policies were collected from governmental and non-governmental bodies. Documents were reviewed to identify the utilization of research-based recommendations in health policy and plan formulation. In-depth interviews were conducted with key policy makers and researchers to identify factors that hinder the utilization of research recommendations. Results: A total of 83 health related research reports were identified, of which 48 had recommendations. Four policies and three plans, from total 21 identified plans and policies, were found to have incorporated recommendations from research. Of the 48 studies that had recommendations, 35 were found to be used in the policy making process. Lack of appropriate communication mechanisms, and concerns related to the quality of research conducted, were the main factors hindering the translation of evidence into policy. Conclusions: Communication gaps exist between researchers and policy makers, which seem to have impeded the utilization of research-based information and recommendations in decision-making process. Establishing a unit responsible for synthesizing evidences and producing actionable messages for policy makers can improve utilization of research findings. Keywords: Actionable message; evidence based policy making; Nepal; policy making, utilization of research recommendation.
Description: Original Article
ISSN: Print ISSN: 1727-5482; Online ISSN: 1999-6217
Appears in Collections:Vol. 14 No. 3 Issue 34 Sep-Dec 2016

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