Health Workforce Evidence Informed Policies? Portuguese and Brazilian National Policy-Makers' Perspectives
We analyzed education and management policies/interventions in two different health care systems with distinct political and institutional environments (Portugal and Brazil), but which have cultural affinities and similar commitments to providing universal access to health services to their population.
We conducted semi-structured interviews with present and past national policy and decision-makers directly or indirectly involved in HW policy and management, as well as “producers” of evidence; the only selection criterion is to be available to participate. The key issues explored include conditions of access to evidence; strategies of communication and dissemination of evidence; influence of political, social and economic context on demand for and utilization of evidence; measures to overcome the gap between research and policy-decision. We will focus on what utilization is made of sociological knowledge on professionalism in the design of policies/management practices in relation to physicians and nurses. The comparative analysis will allow us to understand the influence of the social, political and economic factors in the process of research utilization in decision making process through the perspectives of political actors involved.