Study aims to apply systematic reviews to policy decisions

16 December 2015

Current evidence suggests that traditional systematic reviews are used infrequently by health care managers and health system decision-makers to inform policy and practice.

MSFHR and partners in BC, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario are collaborating with researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on a study to better understand how research evidence from systematic reviews can be presented in user-friendly ways for individuals working in health care management or policy.

The study, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), is the first to engage health system decision-makers and health care managers in developing presentation formats for research evidence that is relevant to their needs.

This work builds on MSFHR’s commitments to helping decision-makers apply research evidence and advancing knowledge translation science.

Study survey open until Dec. 24

If you have worked in either health care management or policy for at least six months and are formally in charge of retrieving, analyzing, and communicating research evidence to decision-makers (analysts/advisors and those who supervise them), you are eligible to participate in an online survey to assess key barriers and facilitators to the uptake of systematic reviews.  

Survey link:

The survey deadline is December 24, 2015.

If you have questions about this study, please contact the study coordinator Alekhya Mascarenhas at: or 416-864-6060 ext. 77327.