Table 1

Accountability for reasonableness16

Relevance condition

Decisions should be made on the basis of reasons (i.e., evidence, principles, arguments) that "fair-minded" people can agree are relevant under the circumstances.

Publicity condition

Decisions and their rationales should be transparent and made publicly accessible.

Revision condition

There should be opportunities to revisit and revise decisions in light of further evidence or arguments, and there should be a mechanism for challenge and dispute resolution.

Enforcement condition

There should be either voluntary or public regulation of the process to ensure that the other three conditions are met.

Gibson et al. BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:25   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-4-25

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