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The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health

Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Leet, Kathleen N. Gillespie and William R. True

in Evidence-Based Public Health

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195397895
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827183 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.003.0001
The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health

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This chapter includes five sections which cover the following topics: (1) the relevant background issues, including definitions, providing an overview of evidence-based medicine, and other concepts underlying evidence-based public health (EBPH); (2) several key characteristics of an evidence-based process; (3) analytic tools to enhance the uptake of EBPH; (4) a brief sketch of a framework for EBPH in public health practice; and (5) a summary of barriers and opportunities for widespread implementation of evidence-based approaches. A big goal of this introductory chapter is to move the process of decision making toward a proactive approach that incorporates effective use of scientific evidence and data.

Keywords: public health practice; evidence-based medicine; evidence-based process; evidence-based approaches

Chapter.  11953 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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