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Table 1 Most frequently reported barriers and facilitators of the use of evidence (n = # studies in which factor reported)

From: A systematic review of barriers to and facilitators of the use of evidence by policymakers

Top 5 barriers to use of evidence Top 5 facilitators of evidence use
• Availability and access to research/improved dissemination (n = 63) • Availability and access to research/improved dissemination (n = 65)
• Clarity/relevance/reliability of research findings (n = 54) • Collaboration (n = 49)
• Timing/opportunity (n = 42) • Clarity/relevance/reliability of research findings (n = 46)
• Policymaker research skills (n = 26) • Relationship with policymakers (n = 39)
• Costs (n = 25) • Relationship with researchers/info staff (n = 37)