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ERIC Number: EJ1131919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
A Call for Greater Transparency in Health Policy Development: Observations from an Analysis of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Policy
Gibson, Jenny; Kelvin, Raphael; Goodyer, Ian
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v11 n1 p7-18 Jan 2015
In this paper we describe a systematic attempt to determine whether child and adolescent mental health policy demonstrably draws upon peer-reviewed evidence, and to discover which other sources of evidence could be considered influential in policy development. In brief, we found that the scientific evidence base had been underutilised. However, peer-reviewed research was the most frequently documented source of information in the policies analysed. Overall, policies provided little information on the sources that informed them. We suggest development of a framework where decisions regarding evidence selection for use in informing health policy development are explicitly stated and can be openly evaluated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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