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Table 1 Barriers to evidence use in the local authority

From: Supporting and enabling health research in a local authority (SERLA): an exploratory study

Theme Quote
Access and accessibility “The question is how would be get access to [academic research] and how accessible is it for the non-scientists among us?”
Time constraints “The key one is time… people have different time pressures.”
Timeliness of research “Sometimes people like Public Health England collate and rapidly pull evidence together and that is helpful, but often it takes a long time to do it. You [Public Health] want it now. They [academics] are going to bring research in six months or next year… so there is something about the timeliness of evidence.”
Political processes “I don’t feel like we [politicians] are often making good decisions based on good evidence. I think a lot of the decision making is driven by will it look good, can we put it on a leaflet that we can go out and get people to vote for us, because the primary driver for politicians is to stay in power.”
Research relevance “I think there’s something about pragmatism… so we can look at the most thorough trials… but can you apply that to our local context, given our population needs? I think that’s challenging.”
Competencies “I don’t feel very skilled to be able to look for research evidence and interpreting some of it because I don’t regularly do that… I would definitely need some training.”