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Policymakers may need to make a break with the past

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1141
  1. Michael Tremblay
  1. Principal Healthcare Consulting, Management Consulting Services, EDS Corporation, Uxbridge UB11 1BQ

    EDITOR,—It is a shame that there is a need even to make the point that policymaking ought to depend on evidence.1 Textbooks in policy analysis are clear about the need for evidence to support policy options or to decide among them. But policymaking is not just about learning from the past. We may need to make a break with the past and with past evidence. In this respect choosing policies …

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