History’s role in health policy making

History Matters?  History's role in health policy making: Virginia Berridge
June 2007

H&P funded research by Virginia Berridge, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to explore the way in which history and historians are currently involved in health policymaking. This report reveals how health policymakers rely on historical clichés and NHS 'folk histories' to interpret the past and inform the present. Professor Berridge concluded that historians must do more to communicate their work to policy audiences. Read the report [pdf, 201KB].

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