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Mind the Gap: The Use of Evidence in Commissioning Decisions

  • Venue: Queens Campus Stockton - Room D12 Ebsworth Building
  • Start: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:00:00 BST
  • End: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:00:00 BST

Speaker: Jacky Swan, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Major efforts have been made by policy-makers and practitioners to promote ‘evidenced-based’ decision making in healthcare management. Commissioning groups are increasingly required to use evidence to make decisions regarding health service purchasing that best meet their population’s needs. Numerous studies show that evidence uptake in practice is often patchy or erratic. This problem is often presented as a ‘gap’ between the evidence-base and its use by practitioners. The solution is to make more (and better) sources of information available to practitioners and/or to set targets around evidence uptake.

This talk will report on a study that aimed to understand the reasons behind the ‘gap’ and the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of ‘evidence-based’ decision making in healthcare management. It looks at how NHS managers actually make decisions about commissioning health services and the various sorts of information, knowledge and experience they deploy.

KEG June 2013


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