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Assessing Scientific Evidence for Public Health Action

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

in Evidence-Based Public Health

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143768
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143768.003.0002
Assessing Scientific Evidence for Public Health Action

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This chapter addresses the question: should public health action be taken to address a particular public health issue (primarily based on Type I evidence)? The chapter focuses on several key considerations in evaluating scientific evidence and determining when a scientific basis exists for some type of public health action. The chapter deals largely with the interpretation of epidemiologic studies that seek to identify health risks associated with preventable morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: scientific evidence; public health practice; health policy; Type I evidence

Chapter.  7315 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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