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Table 3 References to information in non-treatment and treatment policies

From: Measuring use of research evidence in public health policy: a policy content analysis

Information type Non-treatment policies Treatment policies  
Frequency (% total) of reference to information N (% total) policies that reference information Median (range) references per policy Frequency (% total) of reference to information N (% total) policies that reference information Median (range) references per policy P Value
Internal policy 579 (47.7) 59 (93.6) 6 (0–35) 554 (47.4) 65 (100.0) 6 (1–36) p = 0.785
Clinical/Medical evidence 214 (17.6) 49 (77.8) 2 (0–25) 305 (26.1) 59 (90.8) 3 (0–28) p = 0.029
Internal legislation 115 (9.5) 57 (90.5) 1 (0–11) 88 (7.5) 65 (100.0) 1 (1–7) p = 0.017
Other evidence 106 (8.7) 43 (68.2) 1 (0–13) 69 (5.9) 45 (69.2) 1 (0–3) p = 0.279
External policy 138 (11.4) 28 (44.4) 0 (0–24) 107 (9.1) 35 (53.8) 1 (0–17) p = 0.415
External legislation 52 (4.3) 18 (28.6) 0 (0–16) 6 (0.5) 4 (6.15) 0 (0–2) p = 0.001
Academic/Scientific research 10 (0.8) 6 (9.5) 0 (0–5) 40 (3.4) 24 (36.9) 0 (0–7) p = <0.001
Total 1214 (100.0) 63 (100.0) 13 (0–58) 1169 (100.0) 65 (100.0) 16 (3–67) p = 0.852