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WashU: Workplace Support Encourages Use of Research in Health Departments

State health departments with leadership and workplace support for evidence-based decision making were more likely to use research evidence in job tasks, according to a study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Researchers surveyed 872 staff from 12 U.S. state public health departments and partnering organizations in 2014 and 2016.

“Findings suggest that leadership support may be a crucial element of organizational supports to encourage research evidence use,” wrote co-author Dr. Peg Allen, assistant professor at the Brown School.  “Organizational supports such as supervisory expectations, access to evidence and participatory decision-making may need leadership support as well to improve research evidence use in public health job tasks.”

[Photo: Dr. Peg Allen]

The lead author was Mr. Hengrui Hu, a research assistant at the Brown School’s Prevention Research Center, who was a biostatistics intern at the Washington University School of Medicine when he performed the data analyses.

The paper was published the May/June issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

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