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Evidence-Based Public Health

Edited by Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Leet and Kathleen N. Gillespie

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143768
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143768.001.0001
Evidence-Based Public Health

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Public health decisions are often based on short-term demands rather than long-term study, and policies and programs are sometimes developed from anecdotal evidence. To enhance evidence-based practice, this book provides practical guidance on how to choose, carry out, and evaluate evidence-based programs and policies in public health settings. “Evidence” is central to our notion of justice, but is equally central to public health. In public health there are four principal user groups for evidence: public health practitioners with executive and managerial responsibilities; policy makers at local, regional, state, national, and international levels; key stakeholders including the public and interest groups; and researchers on population health issues. A step-by-step approach to compiling and assessing evidence of what works and what doesn't is explicated in this book. The book guides to how to use the results of search for evidence in developing program or policy options.

Keywords: evidence-based programs; evidence-based policies; practitioners; policy markers; the public; interest groups; researchers

Book.  252 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: public health and epidemiology

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Quantifying the Issuein Evidence-Based Public Health

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