Evidence-based clinical policy: case report of a reproducible process to encourage understanding and evaluation of evidence

Rikard-Bell, G., Waters, Elizabeth and Ward, J. 2006, Evidence-based clinical policy: case report of a reproducible process to encourage understanding and evaluation of evidence, Internal medicine journal, vol. 36, no. 7, pp. 452-457.

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Title Evidence-based clinical policy: case report of a reproducible process to encourage understanding and evaluation of evidence
Author(s) Rikard-Bell, G.
Waters, Elizabeth
Ward, J.
Journal name Internal medicine journal
Volume number 36
Issue number 7
Start page 452
End page 457
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1444-0903
1445-5994
Keyword(s) evidence based
decision-making
process
policy
Summary We report within a case study a reproducible process to facilitate the explicit incorporation of evidence by a multidisciplinary group into clinical policy development. To support the decision-making of a multidisciplinary Intersectoral Advisory Group (IAG) convened by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Health Policy Unit, a systematic review of randomized controlled trials about environmental tobacco smoke and smoking cessation interventions in paediatric settings was first undertaken. As reported in detail here, IAG members were then formally engaged in a transparent and replicable process to understand and interpret the synthesized evidence and to proffer their independent reactions regarding policy, practice and research. Our intention was to ensure that all IAG members were democratically engaged and made aware of the available evidence. As clinical policy must engage stakeholder representatives from diverse backgrounds, a process to equalize understanding of the evidence and 'democratize' judgment about its implications is needed. Future research must then examine the benefits of such explicit steps when guidelines, in turn, are implemented. We hypothesize that changes to future practice will be more likely if processes undertaken to develop guidelines are transparent to clinicians and other target groups.
Language eng
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008987

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Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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