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In public health, it is desirable that scientists and policy makers communicate their knowledge effectively or run the risks of barriers in language and understanding. More incentives and opportunities to collaborate will help scientists and policy makers appreciate their different goals, career paths, attitudes towards information, and perception of time.1 2 Knowledge brokers can also bring scientists and policy makers closer to understanding each other and the contribution each can make to the other.1 2
Based on a consideration of three types of key players (scientists, policy makers, and knowledge brokers), each divided into two categories (content and people) (table 1), six ways are suggested to bridge the gap between scientists and policy makers.
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1. Convey science contents to policy makers
Research outputs should be made accessible to policy makers.1 In some cases, complex analyses must be simplified3 and stepped …
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