Manufacturing consensus: Independence in consensus statements in health
The project will conduct the first international systematic inquiry into the value, use and protection of public interest in Consensus Statements in health. Consensus Statements based on scientific evidence are a useful platform to progress policy and practice in an environment of uncertainty. Consensus Statements acknowledge both the importance of evidence but also the imperatives for action. However there is concern that they are inefficient, easily co-opted by interest groups and have changed the way the enterprise of science is perceived. The project will help inform future processes for improving the incorporation of evidence in policy and practice in away that balances pragmatic, scientific and public concerns.
This will be the first systematic international study of Consensus Statements in health. The project will develop a comprehensive framework to help policy-makers, clinicians, and the wider community understand when Consensus Statements might be useful, judge the quality of Consensus Statements and improve Consensus Statements in the future. It will help ensure that scientific integrity and the public interest are protected when Consensus Statements inform policy and practice.
Dr Amal Trivedi