Peckham, S. (2012) Slaying sacred cows: is it time to pull the plug on water fluoridation? Critical Public Health , 22 (2). pp. 159-177. ISSN 0958-1596.
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Water fluoridation continues to be a contentious public health policy. Recent moves to introduce schemes in England raise important questions about the use of evidence in public policy. Of particular concern is how evidence is used for public health policy-making purposes. This article reviews some of the key debates about water fluoridation and examines the way evidence has been promoted and used. The background to water fluoridation is discussed and also key ideas about how evidence influences policy. While traditionally the problem of evidence is characterised as one where policy makers either accept or ignore evidence, a central concern of this article is where poor evidence is promoted by professionals and accepted by policy makers. The article then examines the evidence on the effects of water fluoridation. Drawing on the idea of the ‘Gold Effect’, the article shows how deeply held beliefs about public health actions shape not just policy but also the application of evidence itself by professionals and researchers.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||evidence, healthy public policy, population health, water fluoridation|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies|
|Depositing User:||Tony Rees|
|Date Deposited:||04 Jul 2012 14:06|
|Last Modified:||15 Feb 2013 16:09|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29788 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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