Consensus-building for health policy

Erica Bell

in Research for Health Policy

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199549337
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720635 | DOI:
 Consensus-building for health policy

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This chapter highlights different approaches for conducting powerful community consultations for evidence-based health policy. It explores the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to consensus-building, which include delivering valid data about community opinion on different policy options (consensus-finding), as well as helping develop community consensus about a particular policy option (consensus-making). This chapter offers discussion of the blend of technical research and people skills needed in conducting such consultations, as well as the ethical dimensions of such research.

Keywords: health research; health policy; community consultations; consensus-building

Chapter.  11418 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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