A qualitative methodological framework to assess uptake of evidence on social determinants of health in health policy

Ian Fisher, Frances Baum, Colin MacDougall, Lareen Newman, Dennis McDermott

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    Abstract

    Despite abundant evidence on social determinants of health (SDH) and health inequities, effective uptake of the evidence in health policies of high-income countries has been limited. Health policies might acknowledge evidence on SDH but still direct most strategies towards biomedical and behavioural interventions. This article reports on a framework developed for qualitative analysis of health policy documents to assess how and to what extent policies address health inequities and SDH outside health care services. This framework provides an effective way to interrogate health policies on key points raised in recent literature about the translation of evidence on SDH into policy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)491-507
    Number of pages17
    JournalEvidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
    Volume11
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

    Keywords

    • Health policy
    • Policy analysis
    • Research methods
    • Social determinants of health

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