Evidence-Informed, Evidence not Used: A Pilot Study of a Sustained Flawed Process and Unfinished Business

Stan Shlomo Einstein, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, Timothy P. Johnson, Will Gartside

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An anonymous, online survey using a convenience sample of global researchers was implemented during 2013-2014 to explore the actual use or nonuse of their research outcomes in a range of interventions in the area of substance use and related disorders. Eighty-seven researchers from 19 countries responded. Based on their self-reports, the utilizability of their findings were either unknown to them or had no effects in terms of substance use treatment, prevention, policies, or professional education. Most respondents did believe, however, that their investigations had an influence on substance use research. The study's limitations are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1216-1219
Number of pages4
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number8-9
StatePublished - Jul 29 2015



  • Evidence informed
  • diffusion of knowledge
  • substance use intervention
  • utilization of research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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