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Knowledge to Action?: Evidence-Based Health Care in Context

Sue Dopson and Louise Fitzgerald


Health services can and should be improved by applying research findings about best practice. This book explores why it proves notoriously difficult to implement change based on research evidence in the face of strong professional views and complex organizational structures. It draws on a large body of evidence acquired in the course of nearly fifty case studies using data from 1,400 interviews with doctors, nurses, and managers, as well as observations and documentary analysis. Using qualitative methods to study hospital and primary care settings, the book aims to shed light on why attempts t ... More

Keywords: innovation, health care, diffusion, evidence-based medicine, implementation, NHS, research evidence, public management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259014
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sue Dopson, author
Rhodes Reader in Organizational Behaviour, Saïd Business School, and Fellow of Templeton College, University of Oxford
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Louise Fitzgerald, author
Professor of Organizational Development, Department of Human Resource Management, De Montfort University
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