Legislators' Sources of Behavioral Health Research and Preferences for Dissemination: Variations


A recent study conducted by a group that includes PISC Executive Committee member Zachary F. Meisel assessed the characteristics of state legislators and their access to primary sources of behavioral health research. The study found that advocacy organizations, legislative staff, and state agencies were the largest sources of behavioral health research, that universities were identified by significantly more Democrats, and that data about budget impact and cost-effectiveness was most frequently rated as very important, with the ultimate message that behavioral health researchers should utilize these findings to reach larger audiences and create greater impact.

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