Prospects for knowledge exchange in health policy and management: institutional and epistemic boundaries
Martin, Graham P., Currie, Graeme and Lockett, Andy. (2011) Prospects for knowledge exchange in health policy and management: institutional and epistemic boundaries. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, Vol.16 (No.4). pp. 211-217. ISSN 1355-8196Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/jhsrp.2011.010132
Objectives: There have been calls for greater exchange between research and practice in health care policy and management, but little empirical research on what commissioners of research and researchers themselves consider appropriate, good quality research knowledge. This paper addresses this gap, considering the views of commissioners and producers of policy and management research in health care and other fields.
Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews with 18 commissioners and producers of research, in central government, the NHS and other commissioning organizations, and in universities and independent sector providers.
Results: Commissioners and producers agreed that research often fails to fulfil policy-makers' and managers' needs, and that greater interaction is required to improve this relationship. However, they offered differing accounts of the nature of research knowledge (as a 'product' or a 'mindset'), and of what constitutes value, validity and originality in research, reflecting the differing priorities and pressures faced by the two groups.
Conclusions: Efforts to promote greater interaction between research, policy and practice, and more critical, reflexive engagement between policy-makers, managers and researchers, are likely to face significant obstacles given these competing constructions of research knowledge and their reinforcement by divergent priorities.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > International Centre for Governance & Public Management
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Health Services Research & Policy|
|Publisher:||Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.|
|Official Date:||October 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 211-217|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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