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Table 4 Factors associated with the uptake of research to inform policy decisions, lead to behavioural change and health service benefit

From: A systematic evaluation of payback of publicly funded health and health services research in Hong Kong

  Informing policy and decision making Application of the findings through changed behaviour Health and health service benefit
  Adjusted Odds Ratio (95% CI) P value Adjusted Odds Ratio (95% CI) P value Adjusted Odds Ratio (95% CI) P value
Knowledge production   0.79   0.88   0.08
   No peer reviewed publications 1.00   1.00   1.00  
   ≤ 2.1 publications per project 0.80(0.32, 2.00)   1.22(0.54, 2.75)   2.38(1.05, 5.40)  
   >2.1 publications per project 0.70(0.25, 1.96)   1.20(0.48, 2.98)   1.27(0.50, 3.21)  
Research utilisation       
   Participation in health-related policy/advisory committees post research completion 10.53(4.13, 26.81) <0.001 2.86(1.28, 6.40) 0.01 3.67(1.53, 8.81) 0.004
   Pre- and during- research process liaison with potential users 2.52(1.20, 5.28) 0.01 2.03(1.05, 3.91) 0.03 1.09(0.56, 2.15) 0.79
Funding award*   0.17   0.56   0.04
   Low 1.00   1.00   1.00  
   Moderate 1.98(0.72, 5.39)   0.85(0.36, 1.99)   1.03(0.44, 2.42)  
   High 3.18(0.95, 10.71)   1.34(0.47, 3.78)   3.01(1.05, 8.66)  
Project duration (months)   0.72   0.97   0.24
   Short (4 – 15 months) 1.00   1.00   1.00  
   Intermediate (15 – 24 months) 0.74(0.26, 2.12)   0.93(0.37, 2.31)   0.51(0.20, 1.29)  
   Long (24 – 56 months) 1.04(0.34, 3.22)   1.01(0.37, 2.76)   0.90(0.33, 2.46)  
Administering institution   0.87   0.26   0.71
   Universities 1.10(0.36, 3.33)   0.58(0.23, 1.48)   1.20(0.45, 3.18)  
   Hospitals and other agencies 1.00 1.00 1.00    
  1. *Low = HKD 6,110–97,180; Moderate = HKD98,940–529,900; High = HKD532,242–993,300
  2. CI, confidence interval