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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. d.rose@iop.kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHOD:

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.

RESULTS:

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

CONCLUSION:

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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