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Understanding and Applying Analytic Tools

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/9780195143768.003.0003
Understanding and Applying Analytic Tools

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This chapter describes several tools for evidence-based public health practice. The chapter is organized as follows. First, it describes some context and processes for developing systematic reviews and economic evaluations. Second, it discusses several analytic tools for measuring risk and intervention effectiveness (e.g., systematic reviews, meta-analysis). The third part describes comparative tools for comparing benefits and costs. One particular type of economic evaluation, cost-utility analysis, is described in detail in this section. The fourth section discusses several challenges and opportunities in using these analytic tools. The chapter concludes with a short discussion of processes for translating evidence into public health action (e.g., expert panels, practice guidelines).

Keywords: public health practice; scientific evidence; risk intervention; cost-utility analysis; systematic reviews; economic evaluation

Chapter.  16094 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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