Understanding and Applying Analytic Tools

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:
Understanding and Applying Analytic Tools

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This chapter describes several useful tools for evidence-based public health practice. The chapter has five main parts. First, it describes some context and processes for developing systematic reviews and economic evaluations. It then discusses several analytic tools for measuring intervention impact and effectiveness (e.g., systematic reviews, meta-analysis). The third part describes economic evaluation, a set of methods for comparing benefits and costs. One particular type of economic evaluation, cost-utility analysis, is described in greater detail. 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: evidence-based public health; public health practice; economic evaluation; systematic review; public health programs

Chapter.  17518 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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