Evidence based policy: don't be timid

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7322.1187 (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1187
  1. Kieran Walshe, senior research fellow (k.m.j.walshe@bham.ac.uk)
  1. Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2RT

    EDITOR—Black's discussion of the problems of evidence based policy seems to conclude that it is all very difficult.1 Without wanting to appear too gung-ho about the prospects for getting health managers and policymakers to use research more productively, I think that such timidity is not the best way forward. Researchers should be asserting the value—to policymakers and society—of the evidence they produce. They are already engaging with policymakers and other …

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