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Knowledgeable experts: views on evidence for minimum unit pricing for alcohol

This work was part of Vittal Katikireddi's PhD. A complex relationship exists between research evidence and public health policymaking. Minimum unit pricing for alcohol provides an instructive case study for investigating this relationship given the relative novelty of the intervention and the active interaction between researchers and policymakers that has occurred. This study investigates how evidence on minimum unit pricing has been interpreted by policymakers, its integration with other sources of knowledge and the key factors that have allowed evidence to inform policy in this area. In order to achieve this aim, detailed confidential qualitative one-to-one interviews with researchers, policymakers and representatives in the alcohol industry are being conducted. It is intended that existing theories around knowledge exchange and the relationship between evidence and policy will be refined through this research. Ultimately, it is hoped that the results will help inform the future engagement of public health researchers with policymakers.



Katikireddi SV, Hilton S. How did policy actors use mass media to influence the Scottish alcohol minimum unit pricing debate? Comparative analysis of newspapers, evidence submissions and interviews. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy 2015;22:125-134

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Katikireddi SV, Bond L, Hilton S. Changing policy framing as a deliberate strategy for public health advocacy: a qualitative policy case study of minimum unit pricing of alcohol. Milbank Quarterly 2014;92:250-83

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Katikireddi SV, Bond L, Hilton S. Perspectives on econometric modelling to inform policy: a UK qualitative case study of minimum unit pricing of alcohol. European Journal of Public Health 2014;24:490-495

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Katikireddi SV, Hilton S, Bonell C, Bond L. Understanding the development of Minimum Unit Pricing of alcohol in Scotland: a qualitative study of the policy process. PLoS One 2014;9:e91185

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Katikireddi SV, Smith KE. Minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland. In: Hill M, editor Studying public policy: an international approach. Bristol: Policy Press, 2014.


Katikireddi SV, Mclean JA. Introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland: considerations under European law and the implications for European public health [commentary]. European Journal of Public Health 2012;22:457-458

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Smith KE, Katikireddi SV. A glossary of theories for understanding policymaking. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2012;67:198-202

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