Research Article

The policy context.

BMJ 1993; 307 doi: (Published 16 October 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;307:994
  1. R Robinson
  1. Institute for Health Policy Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University, Southamptom.


    The final article in the series considers the ways in which the methods described previously are used in the formation of policy. When health authorities are making decisions about how to spend their money they have to draw on several sources of information about priorities: diktats from policy makers, opinions of consumers and of the professional bodies involved, and evidence gained from research. They must also consider the various methods of costing and select the right one for their circumstances. Some of these methods are still in the early stages of development, but more are being developed all the time and they have a valuable role in helping decision making throughout the NHS.