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New NIHR Highlight on how commissioners use research evidence

  Created on Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018. Posted in News Items

Researchers want their work to be used and useful, but may not always understand the context in which decisions are made. Most health and care organisations aim to base decisions on the best available evidence, but accessing and interpreting the right evidence at the right time is hard. Researchers need to do what they can to make their research as useful as possible to those making decisions under pressure.

The NIHR has funded six particular studies in the past five years on the use of evidence by commissioners. This research highlight includes studies into the behaviour of individual managers and the way in which commissioning organisations make sense of and use research information when making decisions.