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Shaping Health PolicyCase Study Methods and Analysis$
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Mark Exworthy, Stephen Peckham, Martin Powell, and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.001.0001

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Evidence and health inequalities: the Black, Acheson and Marmot Reports

Evidence and health inequalities: the Black, Acheson and Marmot Reports

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(p.291) Nineteen Evidence and health inequalities: the Black, Acheson and Marmot Reports
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Shaping Health Policy
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Mark Exworthy

Adam Oliver

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0019

Inquiries have been occasionally held to synthesise extant evidence about health inequalities and to make recommendations for their alleviation, notably inquiries by Douglas Black, Donald Acheson and Michael Marmot. Policy learning often takes place through the medium of reports and documents. This is especially relevant in the case of public health, where research communities have invariably sought to influence policy objectives and processes. The three reports each act as an individual case study, but as a collective case study they also demonstrate the way in which evidence has been assembled, and the policy response its publication has precipitated. They thus illustrate the variable and uncertain impact that inquiries of evidence can have on policy development.

Keywords:   health inequalities, evidence, health policy, policy development

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