Is UK drug policy evidence-based?

    Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid


    All public services in the UK are expected to produce evidence-based policies. This principle was argued particularly strongly in relation to policies for tackling drug misuse. However, concerns have been expressed that commitment to this principle is not matched by the reality of policy making. In this paper, we examine the extent to which the UK drug strategy can be regarded as evidence-based.

    Focusing on case studies of policies implemented as part of the four main strands of the strategy, evidence reported by the government as forming the basis of the policy is examined as are findings of the published sources of evidence cited.

    In most cases, the evidence was of a good quality in that it reflected the general standard of research in the area. The main problem lies in the interpretation and reporting of research results. Two of four case studies were reported as biased in terms of research study selection and in two there was some evidence that the reporting was not wholly representative of the conclusions drawn.

    There are many factors that influence the generation of policy and it is unrealistic, and perhaps disingenuous, to suggest in relation to drugs policy, that evidence is its primary focus.
    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Tudalennau (o-i)411 - 417
    Nifer y tudalennau6
    CyfnodolynInternational Journal of Drug Policy
    Rhif cyhoeddi5
    Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar26 Maw 2010
    Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
    StatwsE-gyhoeddi cyn argraffu - 26 Maw 2010

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