When it comes to evidence-based prevention and treatment for substance use disorder, there exists a significant gap from research to policy and program implementation. But through open-ended, semi-structured interviews, a team including PISC Executive Committee member Zachary F. Meisel and current Advisory Board member Daniel E. Polsky were able to characterize the range of legislators' perspectives on the use of research in substance use disorder treatment and coverage decisions.
The study found four major themes: policy maker engagement with evidence and researchers, strategic use and usefulness of research, scientific rigor versus relevance, and communication of evidence. It also provides recommendations for investigators that can help bridge the divide between researchers and policy makers, making substance use disorder policy much more effective.
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