Evidence, hierarchies, and typologies: horses for courses

Petticrew, M; Roberts, H; (2003) Evidence, hierarchies, and typologies: horses for courses. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 57 (7). pp. 527-9. ISSN 0143-005X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.57.7.527

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Debate is ongoing about the nature and use of evidence in public health decision making, and there seems to be an emerging consensus that the "hierarchy of evidence" may be difficult to apply in other settings. It may be unhelpful however to simply abandon the hierarchy without having a framework or guide to replace it. One such framework is discussed. This is based around a matrix, and emphasises the need to match research questions to specific types of research. This emphasis on methodological appropriateness, and on typologies rather than hierarchies of evidence may be helpful in organising and appraising public health evidence.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: *Decision Making, Humans, *Policy Making, Practice Guidelines, *Public Health, Public Policy, Decision Making, Humans, Policy Making, Practice Guidelines, Public Health, Public Policy
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 12821702
Web of Science ID: 183698700019
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/8738


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