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Influencing public policy on oral health.
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PMID:  22998320     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: In policy studies, an enduring research question is why some issues are taken seriously while others never become a central focus of policy making. This study aims to analyse the predecision stage of policy making and examines the position of oral health on the broader health policy agenda.
METHODS: A study of networks of influence in health policy in the state of Victoria (Australia) is used to examine the health policy agenda, and the position of oral health within the broader health policy agenda. Social network concepts were used to structure the data collection. Nominations of influential people were collected using a snowball method, followed by interviews with a selection of those nominated.
RESULTS: Combining an assessment of who is seen to be influential with an examination of the issues they are interested in provides insights into how influence helps shape the policy agenda and how this changes over time.
CONCLUSIONS: The study describes how oral health might become more central to the health policy agenda through deliberate strategies to change the network structure.
Jenny M Lewis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community dentistry and oral epidemiology     Volume:  40 Suppl 2     ISSN:  1600-0528     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410263     Medline TA:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Country:  Denmark    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  148-53     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark.
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