Making evidence fit for purpose in decision making: a case study of the hospital discharge of older people

Jon Glasby, Kieran Walshe, Gill Harvey

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Abstract

As a conclusion to this special edition, this article explores discussions at the final seminar in the series. Focusing on a case study topic (hospital discharge), participants were provided with six sources of evidence chosen to illustrate six very different approaches to generating valid knowledge. Participants then explored a series of questions about each (including reliability/validity, key limitations and contributions to new knowledge). Overall, none of the sources was felt to offer a definitive insight into the issue at stake. A key challenge, therefore, is to design deliberative processes to synthesise and integrate evidence of different types and from multiple sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-437
Number of pages13
JournalEvidence and Policy
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Data synthesis
  • Evidence-based policy and practice
  • Research hierarchies

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