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Perceptions on the role of evidence: an English alcohol policy case study

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This paper explores the competing influences which inform public health policy and describes the role that research evidence plays within the policy-making process. In particular it draws on a recent English alcohol policy case study to assess the role of evidence in informing policy and practice. Semi-structured interviews with key national, regional and local policy informants were transcribed and analysed thematically. A strong theme identified was that of the role of evidence. Findings are discussed in the context of competing views on what constitutes appropriate evidence for policy making.

Department of Health Sciences, University of York, UK

School of Health and Education, Middlesex University, UK

Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

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