Journals Higher Education



Published: 24 August 2006

240 Pages | 6 tables, 2 figures

ISBN: 9780199205103

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Knowledge to Action?

Evidence-Based Health Care in Context

Edited by Sue Dopson and Louise Fitzgerald

Health services can and should be improved by applying research findings about best practice. Yet, in Knowledge to Action?, the authors explore why it nevertheless proves notoriously difficult to implement research evidence in the face of strong professional views and complex organizational structures.
Drawing on a large body of evidence acquired in the course of nearly fifty in-depth case studies following attempts to introduce evidence-based practice in the UK NHS over more than a decade. Using qualitative methods to study hospital and primary care settings, they are able to shed light on why some of these attempts succeeded where others faltered. By opening up the intricacies and complexities of change in the NHS, they reveal the limitations of the simplistic approaches to implementing research or introducing evidence-based health care.


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