Research evidence supports cancer policymaking but is insufficientfor change: Findings of key informant interviews from five countries

Evidence-based policymaking can be applied to many areas, including health service policies. Such policies can be particularly important for complex health problems like cancer care, where the organisation and management of health services can influence patient outcomes. This Australian study interviewed key-informants from five countries to explore levers and challenges to cancer health service policy making. The study showed that while evidence was important, it was insufficient for policy change. When informing and implementing new health service policies in cancer care, research evidence should be considered alongside factors such as policy context, leadership, advocacy and clinical engagement. Further understanding these factors will be useful in the future to better influence policy change. Read the full text. 
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