RENEWING POLICY TO SUPPORT EVIDENCE-BASED HEALTH CARE
Article first published online: 23 NOV 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 87, Issue 4, pages 837–852, December 2009
How to Cite
FERLIE, E., DOPSON, S., FITZGERALD, L. and LOCOCK, L. (2009), RENEWING POLICY TO SUPPORT EVIDENCE-BASED HEALTH CARE. Public Administration, 87: 837–852. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2009.01796.x
- Issue published online: 23 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 23 NOV 2009
- Date received 25 November 2006. Date accepted 22 September 2007.
Health systems internationally have developed policies to support evidence-based health care (EBHC) for over a decade. As this article shows, the time is ripe to review current policy frameworks in an evidence-based manner. We summarize key themes deriving from qualitative research on the UK EBHC implementation and draw out implications for policy renewal. Our diagnosis is different from current UK NHS (National Health Service) policy since we stress local capacity building rather than top-down frameworks, standardized tools and guidelines. As other jurisdictions demonstrate alternative EBHC policy frameworks, more international comparison and mutual learning is needed.