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Priority setting in healthcare is sometimes regarded as the “technical” application of evidence concerning “what works”, but in real life this process is a balance between searching for and processing information, coalition building between actors and the joining of different rationalities. As information in priority setting does not represent simple “truths” but has to be administered throughout the process, this will place a high demand on relationship building, as the key to success.

My research is concerned with how arrangements for priority setting can enhance both ”internal and external” legitimacy. Most recently this has led to publications on the views of citizens on appropriate decision makers in health care and strategic responses in regional government to national initiatives related to ”the management by knowledge” through the National Guidelines.

Currently supervising PhD research in the following areas:

  • Citizen participation in priority setting (Mari Broqvist)
  • Evidence-based policy making (Johanna Sandberg)


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