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Yazdizadeh B * 1,2 (MD), Nedjat S1,2 (MD, PhD), Gholami J1 (MD), Changizi N3 (MD),Yarahmadi Sh3 (MD), Nasehi M3 (MD), Majdzadeh R1, 2 (DVM, PhD)


  1 Center for Knowledge Translation and Exchange, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

  2 School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences , Tehran , Iran

  3 Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran


  Received 17 May 2009, Accepted 16 Jul 2009




 Introduction: The ultimate goal of all health studies is to promote human health and increase equity in health. Many decisions are made at international and regional level to achieve these goals. How much the research is utilized in these decision makings? This study was designed to throw light on the utilization of knowledge in the health sector’s policy makings.

 Methods: This study was done qualitatively, through 10 in-depth interviews and 6 focus group discussions with researchers of macro level (Ministry of Health managers and policy makers) and peripheral level (researchers and service providers).

 Results: Many problems were seen at different levels of knowledge utilization in the knowledge producing and utilizing sectors and in the exchange atmosphere between them. These problems were classified into characteristics of research, researchers and decision makers, human resources management, research and plan management, and politics in research and decision making. Absence of a clear plan for connecting knowledge producers and users is another barrier in reaching an ideal level of knowledge translation.

 Conclusion: Barriers and their respective solutions need to be identified through a comprehensive study at various levels in order to strengthen knowledge utilization in the health sector. Focus needs to be laid on the National Innovation System as one of the necessary infrastructures for conducting such purposeful plans.

Keywords: knowledge Translation, Evidence-Based Practice, Decision Making Organizational, Iran.


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 * Corresponding Author: Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Science, Poursina St, 16 Azar St, Enghelab Ave, Tehran, Iran. Zip code: 1417965173 Tel : +98- 21- 88989123 Fax: +98- 21- 88989127 baharehyazdizadeh@yahoo.com

Keywordsknowledge Translation, Evidence-Based Practice, Decision Making Organizational, Iran.,
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