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

TitleA systematic evaluation of payback of publicly funded health and health services research in Hong Kong
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Issue Date2007
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmchealthservres/
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BMC Health Services Research, 2007, v. 7, article no. 121 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground. The Health and Health Services Research Fund (HHSRF) is dedicated to support research related to all aspects of health and health services in Hong Kong. We evaluated the fund's outcomes and explored factors associated with the translation of research findings to changes in health policy and provider behaviour. Methods. A locally suitable questionnaire was developed based on the "payback" evaluation framework and was sent to principal investigators of the completed research projects supported by the fund since 1993. Research "payback" in six outcome areas was surveyed, namely knowledge production, use of research in the research system, use of research project findings in health system policy/decision making, application of the research findings through changed behaviour, factors influencing the utilization of research, and health/health service/economic benefits. Results. Principal investigators of 178 of 205 (87%) completed research projects returned the questionnaire. Investigators reported research publications in 86.5% (mean = 5.4 publications per project), career advancement 34.3%, acquisition of higher qualifications 38.2%, use of results in policy making 35.4%, changed behaviour in light of findings 49.4%, evidence of health service benefit 42.1% and generated subsequent research in 44.9% of the projects. Payback outcomes were positively associated with the amount of funding awarded. Multivariate analysis found participation of investigators in policy committees and liaison with potential users were significantly associated with reported health service benefit (odds ratio [OR]participation= 2.86, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.28-6.40; ORliaison= 2.03, 95% CI 1.05-3.91), policy and decision-making (ORparticipation= 10.53, 95% CI 4.13-26.81; OR liaison= 2.52, 95% CI 1.20-5.28), and change in behavior (OR participation= 3.67, 95% CI 1.53-8.81). Conclusion. The HHSRF has produced substantial outcomes and compared favourably with similar health research funds in other developed economies. Further studies are needed to better understand the factors and pathways associated with the translation of research findings into practice. © 2007 Kwan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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dc.contributor.authorKwan, Pen_HK
dc.contributor.authorJohnston, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFung, AYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChong, DSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCollins, RAen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLo, SVen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T01:34:44Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-12T01:34:44Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBMC Health Services Research, 2007, v. 7, article no. 121en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1472-6963en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57383-
dc.description.abstractBackground. The Health and Health Services Research Fund (HHSRF) is dedicated to support research related to all aspects of health and health services in Hong Kong. We evaluated the fund's outcomes and explored factors associated with the translation of research findings to changes in health policy and provider behaviour. Methods. A locally suitable questionnaire was developed based on the "payback" evaluation framework and was sent to principal investigators of the completed research projects supported by the fund since 1993. Research "payback" in six outcome areas was surveyed, namely knowledge production, use of research in the research system, use of research project findings in health system policy/decision making, application of the research findings through changed behaviour, factors influencing the utilization of research, and health/health service/economic benefits. Results. Principal investigators of 178 of 205 (87%) completed research projects returned the questionnaire. Investigators reported research publications in 86.5% (mean = 5.4 publications per project), career advancement 34.3%, acquisition of higher qualifications 38.2%, use of results in policy making 35.4%, changed behaviour in light of findings 49.4%, evidence of health service benefit 42.1% and generated subsequent research in 44.9% of the projects. Payback outcomes were positively associated with the amount of funding awarded. Multivariate analysis found participation of investigators in policy committees and liaison with potential users were significantly associated with reported health service benefit (odds ratio [OR]participation= 2.86, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.28-6.40; ORliaison= 2.03, 95% CI 1.05-3.91), policy and decision-making (ORparticipation= 10.53, 95% CI 4.13-26.81; OR liaison= 2.52, 95% CI 1.20-5.28), and change in behavior (OR participation= 3.67, 95% CI 1.53-8.81). Conclusion. The HHSRF has produced substantial outcomes and compared favourably with similar health research funds in other developed economies. Further studies are needed to better understand the factors and pathways associated with the translation of research findings into practice. © 2007 Kwan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmchealthservres/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Health Services Researchen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsBMC Health Services Research. Copyright © BioMed Central Ltd.en_HK
dc.subject.meshBiomedical Research - economicsen_HK
dc.subject.meshEvidence-Based Medicineen_HK
dc.subject.meshFinancing, Governmenten_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth Policyen_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth Services Research - economicsen_HK
dc.titleA systematic evaluation of payback of publicly funded health and health services research in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1472-6963&volume=7 article no. 121&spage=&epage=&date=2007&atitle=A+systematic+evaluation+of+payback+of+publicly+funded+health+and+health+services+research+in+Hong+Kongen_HK
dc.identifier.emailJohnston, J:jjohnsto@hku.hken_HK
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dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1472-6963-7-121en_HK
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dc.identifier.pmcidPMC1952059en_HK
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