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Bridging the gap between scientists and decision makers
  1. B C K Choi1,
  2. D V McQueen2,
  3. I Rootman3
  1. 1Population and Public Health Branch, Health Canada, AL no 6701A, 120 Colonnade Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1B4, Canada; Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto; and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada
  2. 2National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA
  3. 3Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto; and Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr B C K Choi;

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As public health professionals, we recognise a gap between scientists and decision makers. Firstly, communication is a problem. Scientists and decision makers do not use the same language. Because decision makers are usually not current in complex analytical approaches, study results must be put forth in a compelling manner—for example, through visually interesting presentations that accurately and effectively summarise complex analyses.

Secondly, time is a problem. Decision makers seldom have time to read …

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