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ERIC Number: EJ1131565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Use of Evidence from Systematic Reviews to Inform Commissioning Decisions: A Case Study
Chambers, Duncan; Grant, Rod; Warren, Erica; Pearson, Sally-Anne; Wilson, Paul
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v8 n2 p141-148 May 2012
Systematic reviews provide high-level evidence but there are barriers to their use by policy makers. This paper reports the preparation and evaluation of an evidence briefing, using systematic reviews and other existing sources of synthesised evidence, to support a possible reorganisation of services for young people with eating disorders in an English primary care trust. There was no evidence of differences in outcomes between community, outpatient and specialist inpatient treatment. The provision of specialist outpatient services appeared most cost-effective. The commissioning group agreed to move towards providing services on an outpatient basis. This work suggests that evidence briefings based on systematic reviews warrant further methodological development and evaluation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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