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Acta Psychiatr Scand Suppl. 2006;(429):109-14.

Who decides what evidence is? Developing a multiple perspectives paradigm in mental health.

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Service User Research Enterprise (SURE), Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, UK.



To compare different perspectives on evidence in relation to mental health care.


The method and materials constitute a selective literature review comparing key elements of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based policy with perspectives on evidence from users, carers and professionals. The aim was to develop an argument concerning these comparisons.


What constitutes evidence from the perspectives of different stakeholders is a field of contestation.


It is timely for a multiple perspective paradigm on evidence in science to be developed and this paper initiates this process in relation to mental health care.

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