Tracking the impact of research on policy and practice: investigating the feasibility of using citations in clinical guidelines for research evaluation

  • David Kryl, Liz Allen, Kevin Dolby, Beverley Sherbon, Ian Viney
  • BMJ Open, January 2012, BMJ
  • DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-000897

What is it about?

The paper covers how we took two clinical guidelines (Common Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Dementia), extracted the citations from these and then analysed the data to understand the funding sources for the research papers cited in the guidelines. Therefore making the link between specific research funders and specific outcomes and therefore resulting impact of research.


Dr Beverley Sherbon
Interfolio UK Ltd

The study found that there is great potential for guidelines to be used as sources of information on the quality of the research used in their development and that it is possible to track the source of the funding of the research. The challenge is in harnessing the relevant information to track this in an efficient way.

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The following have contributed to this page: Mr Kevin W Dolby, Elizabeth Allen, and Dr Beverley Sherbon