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Knowledge to Action?Evidence-Based Health Care in Context$
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Sue Dopson and Louise Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259014.001.0001

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Knowledge, Credible Evidence, and Utilization

Knowledge, Credible Evidence, and Utilization

(p.132) 7 Knowledge, Credible Evidence, and Utilization
Knowledge to Action?

Louise Fitzgerald

Sue Dopson

Oxford University Press

This chapter dissects the social processes that lead to evidence being established as credible. It draws on the literature on knowledge and knowledge utilization to frame our understanding. It also presents the empirical hierarchy that exists in health care settings, explores the nature of this hierarchy, and demonstrates a hierarchy of evidence.

Keywords:   knowledge utilization, empirical hierarchy, credible evidence, professions

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