Colquhoun, H. L, Lowe, D., Helis, E., Belanger, D., Ens, B., Hill, S., Mayhew, A., Taylor, M. J & Grimshaw, J. (2016). Evaluation of a training program for medicines-oriented policymakers to use a database of systematic reviews. Health Research Policy and Systems,14(1), 1-8. United Kingdom: Biomed Central Ltd. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-016-0140-1
Suboptimal prescribing and medications use is a problem for health systems globally. Systematic reviews are a comprehensive resource that can help guide evidence-informed decision-making and implementation of interventions addressing such issues; however, a barrier to the use of systematic reviews is their inaccessibility (due to both dispersion across journals and inaccessibility of content). Publicly available databases, such as Rx for Change, provide quick access to summaries of appraised systematic reviews of professional and consumer-oriented interventions to improve prescribing behaviour and appropriate medication use, and may help maximise the use of evidence to inform decisions. The present study aims to evaluate a training program to improve attitudes towards, confidence in skills, intentions to use, and use of systematic review evidence contained within Rx for Change.
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