From evidence-based to knowledge-based policy and practice

Jon Glasby

in Evidence, policy and practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847423191
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302254 | DOI:
From evidence-based to knowledge-based policy and practice

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This chapter reviews the assumptions underlying traditional medical research and critiques the concept of ‘evidence-based practice’, outlining an alternative notion of ‘knowledge-based practice’. It argues that seeking to combine insights from theoretical, empirical and experiential sources may be one way of making different and better decisions about health and social care in future. Understanding the ways in which different groups and stakeholders may be predisposed to favour particular types of evidence may also help to make some of the more controversial policy debates easier to unpick. In the long term, there may even be ways of developing more rapid and relevant ways of reviewing existing evidence before formulating new policy, perhaps drawing on insights from ‘due diligence’ models and seeking to bring together the best available ‘knowledge’ from a range of sources as quickly as possible.

Keywords: evidence-based practice; knowledge-based practice; health care policy; social care policy

Chapter.  5266 words. 

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