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How far can systematic reviews inform policy development for "wicked" rural health service problems?

Humphreys, John; Kuipers, Pim; Wakerman, John; Wells, Robert; Jones, Judith; Kinsman, Leigh D

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Policy makers and researchers increasingly look to systematic reviews as a means of connecting research and evidence more effectively with policy. Based on Australian research into rural and remote primary health care services, we note some concerns regarding the suitability of systematic review methods when applied to such settings. It suggests that rural and other health services are highly complex and researching them is akin to dealing with "wicked" problems. It proposes that the notion of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/55390
Source: Australian Health Review
DOI: 10.1071/AH090592

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