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Table 2 Characteristics of included systematic reviews

From: Individual and institutional capacity-building for evidence-informed health policy-making in Iran: a mix of local and global evidence

Authors (year) Objectives Country Study design Included papers (n) Analysis Databases searched Population Interventions/phenomena of interest Comparison/Context Outcomes Funding organization Main results
Innvaer et al. (2002) [45] To summarize the evidence from interview studies regarding facilitators of and barriers to the use of research evidence by health policy-makers Norway A systematic review 24 Descriptive and qualitative MEDLINE, Embase, SocioŽ le, PsychLit, PAIS, IBSS, IPSA and HealthStar Health policy-makers Health policy-makers’ perceptions of their use of evidence International Use of research evidence NR Interview studies with health policy-makers provide only limited support for commonly held beliefs about facilitators of and barriers to their use of evidence, and raise questions about common-sense proposals for improving the use of research for policy decisions. Two-way personal communication, the most common suggestion, may improve the appropriate use of research evidence, but it might also promote selective (inappropriate) use of research evidence
Uneke et al. (2017) [14] To assess the efforts and various initiatives that have been undertaken to deliberately engage policy-makers and other stakeholders in the health sector in Nigeria for the promotion of EIPM Nigeria A systematic review 11 Descriptive MEDLINE (PubMed) Researchers and policy-makers Workshops Health sector in Nigeria An assessment of policy-makers’ engagement in initiatives to promote EIPM International Development Research Centre Canada All the studies indicated positive outcomes and impacts in relation to quantifiable improvement in policy-makers' knowledge and competence in evidence-to-policy process
  1. NR not reported