Devon Greyson

Devon Greyson
University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst · Department of Communication

PhD

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Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2015 - August 2018
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2011 - August 2015
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
September 2011 - April 2015
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Field of study
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
January 2005 - August 2006
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Field of study
  • Library and Information Studies
September 1994 - May 1997
Oberlin College
Field of study
  • Women's Studies, Music

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Publications (116)
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Background In Canada, vaccination that protects against pertussis and influenza is recommended in every pregnancy, but uptake remains low. Communicating the risks and benefits of vaccination is key to clinical conversations about vaccination, which may influence the uptake of pregnancy and subsequent infant vaccines. Canadian midwives use an inform...
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Background Cannabis use during pregnancy and lactation continues to increase as some perceive cannabis to be helpful for symptom management and coping. As such, pregnant and lactating people are faced with challenging decisions, weighing benefits against the potential risks of cannabis use. To help clinicians facilitate informed choices, we explore...
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UNSTRUCTURED The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the intertwining of politics and public health. So too, a public health tool, surveillance, can also be used to expose the political context of an event and to guide better public health interventions. In its current form, infoveillance tends to neglect identity and interest-based users. Adopting a...
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UNSTRUCTURED The COVID-19 pandemic generated an explosion in the amount of information shared online, including false and misleading information on the virus, and recommended protective behaviours. Prior to the pandemic, online mis- and disinformation were already identified as having an impact on people’s decision to refuse or delay recommended va...
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Background: Health care providers' knowledge and attitudes about vaccines are important determinants of their own vaccine uptake, their intention to recommend vaccines, and their patients' vaccine uptake. This qualitative study' objective was to better understand health care providers' vaccination decisions, their views on barriers to COVID-19 vac...
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Background: Post-licensure adverse events following immunization (AEFI) surveillance is conducted to monitor vaccine safety, such as identifying batch/brand issues and rare reactions, which consequently improves community confidence. The integration of technology has been proposed to improve AEFI surveillance, however, there is an absence of descr...
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Background: In recent years, Canadian provinces have been discussing, implementing, and tightening vaccination "mandate" policies for school enrolment. British Columbia (BC), Canada's westernmost province, implemented a Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation (VSRR) in September 2019, which requires the vaccination status of children in public, pr...
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Background High rates of COVID-19 vaccination uptake are required to attain community immunity. This study aims to identify factors associated with COVID-19 vaccine uncertainty and refusal among young adults, an underexplored population with regards to vaccine intention generally, in two high-income settings: Canada and France. Methods A cross-sec...
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Background Growing evidence shows that many parents begin the decision-making process about infant vaccination during pregnancy and these decisions – once established – may be resistant to change. Despite this, many interventions targeting vaccination are focused on communicating with parents after their baby is born. This suggests that the prenata...
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The COVID-19 pandemic represents not only the spread of a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus, but also an outbreak of theories, rumors, discourses and representations trying to make sense of a crisis. In this article, we explore the issue of blame and stigma in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. We do so by studying editoria...
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Although many interventions aim to reduce parents' hesitancy about childhood vaccinations, parents' experiences of vaccine attitude change trajectories remain underexplored. This constructivist grounded theory study examines trajectories of change in vaccine confidence and uptake among mothers in the Greater Vancouver region of Canada. Specifically...
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Vaccine communication is a scientifically complex, ethically laden, and highly multidisciplinary area in which to conduct research or practice. Due to vaccination’s status as a key topic in public health and medicine, communication about vaccination serves as fertile ground for social scientific and critical research that can both improve health an...
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Studies of parents’ online safety concerns typically centre on information privacy and on worries over unknown third parties preying on children, whereas investigations into youth perspectives on online safety have found young people to focus on threats to safety or reputation by known individuals. The case of youth who are themselves parents raise...
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Vaccine confidence and uptake is essential to achieving herd immunity levels sufficient to end the COVID‐19 pandemic; however, polarized and partisan discussion on vaccines have increased the difficulty of achieving sufficient vaccine coverage in the population. As individual's health information seeking behaviors diversify, studies suggest that so...
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As use of arts‐involved and data visualization methods increases in information science, it is important to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of various methods. In this 90‐minute panel, an international lineup of information researchers will share their experiences using the participatory, visual elicitation technique information world mapping (...
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Background: Registered midwives in British Columbia (BC) are primary health care practitioners for healthy people throughout pregnancy and for approximately 6 weeks postpartum. BC registered midwives are authorized to prescribe and administer certain vaccines to adults under their care during the perinatal period and hepatitis B vaccine to high-ri...
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To improve uptake of influenza vaccine in pregnancy, it is important to understand the factors that predict prenatal vaccination. The aim of this study was to test the capability of the theory of planned behavior, augmented with information constructs, to predict and explain influenza vaccination uptake in a sample of 600 pregnant individuals in Ca...
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Background Growing evidence shows that many parents begin the decision-making process about infant vaccination during pregnancy and these decisions – once established – may be resistant to change. Despite this, many interventions targeting vaccination are focused on communicating with parents after their baby is born. This suggests that the prenata...
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Vaccine hesitancy–the reluctance to receive recommended vaccination because of concerns and doubts about vaccines–is recognized as a significant threat to the success of vaccination programs and has been associated with recent major outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Moreover, the association between complementary and alternative medicine (...
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Information researchers increasingly use participatory, arts-based methods to better understand the social contexts of individuals and populations. However, it remains rare to engage in qualitative analysis of the resulting visual artefacts. This article explores approaches to analysing visual media generated through a specific arts-based method, i...
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A number of countries have implemented vaccination in pregnancy as a strategy to reduce the burden of influenza and pertussis. The aim of this study was to assess the involvement of Canadian maternity care providers in administration of vaccines to their pregnant patients. A cross-sectional web-based survey was sent to family physicians, obstetrici...
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Background: In 2018, the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada recommended a single dose of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and reduced acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine in every pregnancy. To understand how perinatal health care providers in Canada are transla...
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Abstract A high quality systematic review search has three core attributes; it is systematic, comprehensive, and transparent. The current over-emphasis on the primacy of systematic reviews over other forms of literature review in health research, however, runs the risk of encouraging publication of reviews whose searches do not meet these three cri...
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Background: Product labelling information describing the use of vaccines in pregnancy continues to contain cautionary language even after clinical and epidemiological evidence of safety becomes available. This language raises safety concerns among healthcare providers who may hesitate to recommend vaccines during pregnancy. Purpose: To develop c...
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Background: Mandated vaccination for school attendance is a growing strategy internationally. Our aim was to investigate the effects of implementing school vaccination mandates on pediatric population vaccine coverage. Methods: In this systematic review, we searched MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) and t...
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MTV’s hit reality shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom were produced with an agenda of preventing teen pregnancy. Researchers have examined their effectiveness as behavioral interventions, yet little attention has been paid to experiences of young parents themselves with these shows, nor to their ethical consequences, including the potential for comp...
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Background: Motivated by concerns of inadequate vaccination coverage and the potential for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, Canadian provinces have been discussing, implementing and tightening policies requiring documentation of vaccination for school enrolment. We sought to understand the acceptability of 14 potential vaccination policy...
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Social informatics researchers use a variety of techniques to explore the intersections between technology and society. Current interest has turned to making more explicit our commonly tacit knowledge processes that involve people and technology. Knowledge creation, sharing, and management processes are commonly hidden, and this is even more the ca...
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Objective: Influenza vaccine uptake among Canadian pregnant individuals is suboptimal. Failure to incorporate vaccination into routine prenatal care and a lack of recommendations from healthcare providers are recognized as barriers to vaccination. The aim of this study was to assess Canadian maternity care providers' knowledge, attitudes, and prac...
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In contemporary urban settings, information seekers may face challenges assessing and making use of the large quantity of information to which they have access. Such challenges may be particularly acute when laypeople are considering specialized or technical information pertaining to topics over which knowledge is contested. Within a constructivist...
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Population health information interventions (PHIIs) use information in efforts to promote health. PHIIs may push information to a target audience (communication), pull information from the public (surveillance), or combine both in a bidirectional intervention. Although PHIIs have often been framed as non-invasive and ethically innocuous, in reality...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to utilize McKenzie’s two-dimensional model of information practices to situate child feeding practices as complex, socially situated information practices. Further, the authors examined a host of contextual factors (financial, physical, and social) that enabled and constrained information practices within the t...
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Targeted online harassment of academics has been on the rise in the US and internationally. Such harassment ranges from online threats and hacking to doxxing and organized campaigns to discredit one's work. It has now become an often‐unrecognized part of the job for academics—particularly socially marginalized academics and those who study controve...
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Information world mapping (IWM) is a participatory, arts‐based elicitation method for use in interviews about information behaviours or practices. The participant‐drawn maps that result from this technique are typically used as ancillary data sources to aid in analysis of interview transcripts; however it may be possible, and even useful, to analyz...
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Parental decision making about childhood vaccinations is complex and multidimensional. There is a perception that the number of parents having concerns regarding childhood vaccinations has been increasing in Canada. The aim of this study was to explore vaccine hesitancy among Canadian parents and to examine factors associated with a parent's intent...
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Objective: To examine the issues of primary care access and foregone health care among transgender adolescents and young adults. Methods: This cross-sectional analysis of data from the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey was conducted online during 2013-2014. Participants included 923 youth aged 14-25 (323 adolescents aged 14-18 and 600 young adu...
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Purpose Despite societal investment in providing health information to young parents, little is known about the health information practices of young parents themselves. The purpose of this paper is to explore young parents’ health information practices in context. Design/methodology/approach This constructivist grounded theory study investigate...
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Devon Greyson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Child and Family Research Institute and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. With a PhD in interdisciplinary studies from the University of British Columbia, Devon studies what people do with health information and when this matters for health and social equity. Their research has be...
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The socially constructed information worlds within which individuals live, work and play necessarily shape their information practices. One way in which this occurs is through the social construction of knowledge, expertise and ignorance, including which actors are considered to possess authoritative knowledge through administrative authority or la...
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As part of an increasingly vibrant area of research, information behavior scholars have shown that traditionally marginalized populations (e.g., older adults, LGBTQ people, people of color, low-income people and people with chronic diseases or disabilities) may have distinct health information needs and information behaviors. These differences may...
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Vaccines are widely considered to be one of the greatest successes of public health, but vaccine hesitancy has been internationally recognized as a health threat. Efforts to use information to increase vaccine acceptance have largely been unsuccessful, highlighting the need to better understand the information practices, values and experiences of h...
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Strong family support has been identified as key to mitigating negative health outcomes for gender creative children and transgender youth (GCCTY). While a variety of information resources exist for parents/caregivers of GCCTY, we have limited knowledge of which are most useful and why. This poster reports on preliminary analysis of an anonymous on...
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The telling of birth stories (i.e. stories that describe women's experiences of giving birth) is a common and important social practice. Whereas most research on birth narratives reflects the stories of middle-class, 'adult' women, we examine how the birth stories told by early-age mothers interconnect with broader narratives regarding social stigm...
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Digital sociology is a new subfield of sociology that has challenged the discipline to engage with digital methods, information practices, and questions of societal data use. Such topics have been central to information science research for decades; however, renewed attention being called to them by sociologists creates both opportunities and chall...
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Background: The diagnosis of labor onset has been described as one of the most important judgments in maternity care. There is compelling evidence that the duration of both latent and active phase labor are clinically important and require consistent approaches to measurement. In order to measure the duration of labor phases systematically, we nee...
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Although researchers have grappled with conceptualizations of time in relation to information behavior, the effect of time on information practices has been a challenge to study and theorize. Longitudinal naturalistic methods provide an opportunity to observe information practices in context over time, but have infrequently been used in information...
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When developing one's own research agenda, early and mid-career researchers continually negotiate how best to meet ethical standards and resolve ethical constraints using methodologically sound approaches. Often such struggles occur behind closed doors, their outcomes reflected in the institutional language of an ethical review board. This panel se...
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Research that fulsomely characterizes context improves our understanding of the processes of implementation and the effectiveness of interventions to improve the health of populations and reduce health inequalities. Context could be a key aspect to understanding what population health interventions best address underlying conditions that contribute...
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Information interventions that influence health behavior are a major element of the public health toolkit and an area of potential interest and investigation for library and information science (LIS) researchers. To explore the use of information as a concept within dominant public health behavior models and the manner in which information practice...
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In situations of contested knowledge, information seekers may engage in triangulation practices in order to assess which information is right to meet their needs. Triangulation has been much discussed among researchers, but less so among lay populations. This poster presents results related to the triangulation practices of a group of young parents...
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Recently, scholars have called for more robust population and public health ethical frameworks to inform how the health of populations and individuals ought to be improved through various approaches to HIV testing practices. Our objective is to examine the breadth, range and foci of a variety of ethical issues pertaining to HIV testing approaches w...
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Young people's social practices online and use of digital media have been conceptualized both as an opportunity and a threat to society. While the mass media has often focused on moral panic related to dramatic examples of social media-related harm to young people, research within Library and Information Science has taken multiple methodological ap...
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Embedded librarianship has received much attention in recent years. A model of embeddedness rarely discussed to date is that of research-embedded health librarians (REHLs). This study explores the characteristics of Canadian REHLs and the situations in which they are employed. The authors employed a sequential, mixed-method design. An online survey...
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To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of published evidence on ethnic or racial disparities in the outpatient use versus non-use of antipsychotics and in the outpatient use of newer versus older antipsychotics. Electronic databases were searched for potentially relevant studies. Two independent reviewers conducted the review in three sta...
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Introduction: Previous research has identified various types of embedded librarianship – the clinical informationist, the academic liaison librarian, and the special librarian within a corporation. There is far less mention of librarians who are embedded in health research teams; however, the authors’ personal experiences indicate these positions a...
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Within and beyond Library and Information Science (LIS), researchers are employing participatory, arts-based research as one way of extending traditional research methods. The use of creative methods can enrich our understanding of complex information practices, particularly in multimedia information environments. This panel will provide an overvie...
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In an increasingly visually-oriented world, researchers within and beyond LIS can benefit from exploring, developing and applying creative methods for data collection and research participant engagement. Participatory, arts-involved methods can complement more traditional elicitation techniques, generating rich data that allows researchers to explo...
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In The Embedded Librarian, Catholic University’s David Shumaker offers a portrait of embedded librarianship, documents the trend toward increasingly embedded practice, and provides practical tools for supporting such a model in a variety of library settings. Drawing on an extensive literature review as well as his own research, Shumaker provides an...
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The purpose of the Health Library Association of British Columbia (HLABC) Webcasting–Webconferencing Pilot Project was to assess the feasibility and value of using Web-based technologies to improve access to continuing education (CE) events and meetings, particularly for our association's rural and remote members. By offering online access to CE ev...
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Understanding the information behaviour of policy makers targeted by knowledge translation efforts is key to improving policy research impact. This study explores the reported information behaviour of pharmaceutical policy decision-makers in Canada, a country highly associated with evidence-based practice yet still facing substantial barriers to ev...
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This paper reviews ecological models and approaches within LIS research, asserting that Information Behaviour researchers should activate our potential to impact public policy by applying Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory (EST). Two case studies of information behaviour studies re-modelled according to EST are presented as examples. Résumé...
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This paper provides an overview of the open access (OA) movement to date, with specific focus on both health information and Canada, updates on some major areas of OA activity, and a discussion of emerging opportunities and needs for librarians due to the evolving OA paradigm.
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To review the literature describing patterns of outpatient prescription drug use during pregnancy by therapeutic category, potential for fetal harm, and overall. We conducted a systematic review of peer-reviewed literature published from 1989 to 2010. We included studies evaluating individual-level exposures to prescription medicines during pregnan...
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We aimed to systematically review and assess published estimates of the cost of developing new drugs. We sought English language research articles containing original estimates of the cost of drug development that were published from 1980 to 2009, inclusive. We searched seven databases and used citation tracing and expert referral to identify studi...
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Sex and gender sensitive inquiry is critical in pharmaceutical policy due to the sector's historical connection with women's health issues and due to the confluence of biological, social, political, and economic factors that shape the development, promotion, use, and effects of medicinal treatments. A growing number of research bodies international...
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To examine regional variations in rates of primary cesarean delivery and assisted vaginal delivery in the population of British Columbia, while adjusting for the maternal characteristics and conditions that increase the likelihood of operative delivery. Using data from the British Columbia Perinatal Database Registry, we studied all deliveries in B...
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The advent of policies at research-funding organizations requiring grantees to make their funded research openly accessible alters the life cycle of scholarly research. This survey-based study explores the approaches that libraries and research administration offi ces at the major Canadian universities are employing to support the research-producti...
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It has been well documented that reaching beyond MEDLINE into a diversity of databases enhances search results [1–3], but a chronic question in comprehensive and systematic searching is how far, and where, to search [4]. When published in business or economics sources, articles focusing on cost outcomes of health and health policy interventions may...
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This article is a summary of recent Open Access activity in Canada, focusing on policies and mandates, repositories, and initiatives in libraries.
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Net neutrality is a critical component of equitable access to information and freedom of expression. While Canada has recently made some progress toward enshrining principles of net neutrality in our telecommunications regulations, the status quo does not guarantee protection of consumers from unnecessary “traffic management” on the part of ISPs. L...
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Background Research-informed public policy is often articulated as an ideal. Yet, “evidence-based policy making” has also been critiqued for not fully taking into account the context in which policy makers actually work. This exploratory study investigates the work-related information seeking experiences of key informants engaged in pharmaceutical...
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To synthesize methodologically comparable evidence from the published literature regarding the outcomes of tiered formularies and therapeutic reference pricing of prescription drugs. We searched the following electronic databases: ABI/Inform, CINAHL, Clinical Evidence, Digital Dissertations & Theses, Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (which incorpora...
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Promoting uptake of research findings is an objective common to those who fund, produce and publish health services and policy research. Open access (OA) is one method being employed to maximize impact. OA articles are online, free to access and use. This paper contributes to growing body of research exploring the “OA advantage” by employing an art...