A new pyramid of research knowledge for the NHS
Milne, Derek, Freeston, Mark, Paxton, Roger, James, Ian, Cooper, Myra and Knibbs, Jackie (2008) A new pyramid of research knowledge for the NHS. Journal of Mental Health, Vol.17 (No.5). pp. 509-519. ISSN 0963-8237Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638230701530259
Background: Although the research and development (R&D) initiative in the NHS clearly encompasses a wide range of research activities, existing guidance emphasizes efficacy (explanatory) research, namely the generation of new knowledge under rigorous scientific conditions. Aims: We argue that this needs to be counter-balanced with an equivalent emphasis on effectiveness (pragmatic) research, being those activities that improve the effects of new knowledge within the NHS. Method: Treating the efficacy framework for complex interventions as one half of a research knowledge pyramid, we set out a parallel effectiveness (service improvement/evaluation) framework. Results: With the aid of local examples, we show how this pyramid approach can facilitate R&D training, specifically in relation to clinical psychology. Conclusions: Our pyramid of research knowledge redresses the current emphasis on explanatory research and indicates how we can apply a more balanced model, hopefully aiding professionals who teach or practise effectiveness research. Declaration of interest: None.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Mental Health|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 509-519|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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