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Using population-based routine data for evidence-based health policy decisions: lessons from three examples of setting and evaluating national health policy in Australia, the UK and the USA 29(4): 463-471

Morrato EH, Elias M, Gericke CA
Journal of Public Health 29(4): 463-471





Background The desire for evidence-based health policy and practice is well established. Routine population-based health information systems play a fundamental role to inform policy decisions and to evaluate their effectiveness.

Methods This paper presents three case studies of using population-based data in national health policy from three countries—USA (prescription drug safety), Australia (childhood immunization) and UK (hospital waiting times)—which were chosen to represent a diversity of health policy issues. The utilization of population-based databases and the social and political context in which the data were used are examined. Our goal was


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