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Opportunities and disconnects in the use of primary research on schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths for policy and practice: results from a survey of researchers

Fergus, Cristin A. and Pearson, Georgina (2021) Opportunities and disconnects in the use of primary research on schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths for policy and practice: results from a survey of researchers. Journal of Public Health Policy. ISSN 0197-5897

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Identification Number: 10.1057/s41271-021-00294-x

Abstract

Even with efforts to facilitate use of evidence in health policy and practice, limited attention has been paid to researchers’ perspectives on use of their research in informing public health policy and practice at local, national, and global levels. We conducted a systematic literature search to identify published primary research related to schistosomiasis or soil-transmitted helminths, or both. We then surveyed corresponding authors. Results indicate differences by locations of authors and in conduct of research, especially for research conducted in low- and middle-income countries. Our findings exemplify disparities in research leadership discussed elsewhere. Researchers’ perspectives on the use of their work suggest limited opportunities and ‘disconnects’ that hinder their engagement with policy and other decision-making processes. These findings highlight a need for additional efforts to address structural barriers and enable engagement between researchers and decision-makers.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/journal/41271
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors, under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited
Divisions: Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa
Institute of Global Affairs
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2021 11:36
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110997

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