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Defending evidence informed policy making from ideological attack

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3827 (Published 10 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3827

Re: Defending evidence informed policy making from ideological attack

Evidence informed policy and the population with intellectual disabilities.

Evidence based policy is of value in the population to which it applies.

Evidence based policy has no value and may cause harm in a population to which it does not apply.

The vulnerable population with intellectual disabilities is rarely included in randomised controlled trials, guideline development groups, policy development etc. This population experiences health and healthcare inequalities and inequities.

Using policies based on evidence from the general population or other populations inappropriately will widen the health and healthcare inequality and inequity gaps that exist.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 September 2018
Bernadette Flood
Pharmacist
Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service Dublin
Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service Dublin Ireland