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Table 8 Most frequently mentioned examples on the formulation of a health policy where evidence was available but not used, available and used, or needed but not available

From: Use of health systems and policy research evidence in the health policymaking in eastern Mediterranean countries: views and practices of researchers

Formulation of a health policy where evidence was available but not used (n = 43) Formulation of a health policy where evidence was available and used (n = 39) Formulation of a health policy where evidence was needed but was not available (n = 40)
• Evidence- based practice and healthcare quality 9(21%) • Establishing screening programs for chronic diseases 11(28%) • Reproductive health and maternal health 7(18%)
• Health financing especially national health insurance 7(16%) • Establishing prevention programs for infectious diseases 7(18%) • Implementing healthcare quality procedures and measuring performance 5(13%)
• Tobacco control 4(9%) • Nutrition 4(10%) • HIV Transmission and prevalence 4(10%)
  1. n = total number of responses to each question