How Research Can and Should Inform Public Policy

Claire Pomeroy, Fred Sanfilippo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Too often health policies are not based on the best available research evidence. This evidence should not be blindly applied, but rather used to inform policy, taking into account pertinent cultural, social, political, and economic realities. Approaches include encouraging researchers and policymakers to jointly define priority areas and the use of systematic reviews to "package" evidence in user-friendly ways. Barriers include poor quality and reproducibility of research and flawed use of evidence due to conflicts of interest. Evidence-informed health policy will be most successful if policymakers understand research methods and interpretation, researchers share their findings in accessible ways and funders adequately support research programs addressing key policy issues. Academic health centers can advance evidence-informed policy by convening researchers and policymakers, engaging the public and prioritizing the objective dissemination of research relevant to health policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Transformation of Academic Health Centers: Meeting the Challenges of Healthcare's Changing Landscape
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780128010044, 9780128007624
StatePublished - Apr 7 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Evidence-informed
  • Health policy
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Medical research
  • Systematic reviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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