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Developing and Prioritizing Intervention Options

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/9780195397895.003.0008
Developing and Prioritizing Intervention Options

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A central challenge for public health is to articulate and act upon a broad definition of public health—one that incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to the underlying causes of premature death and disability. To implement an evidence-based process within this framework, numerous program and policy options become apparent. Identifying and choosing among these options are not simple, straightforward tasks. After options are identified, priorities need to be set among various alternatives. This chapter is divided into four main sections. The first describes some broad-based considerations to take into account when examining options and priorities. The next section outlines analytic methods and models that have been applied when setting clinical and community priorities in health promotion and disease prevention. The third part is an overview of the concepts of innovation and creativity in option selection. The final section describes the development and uses of analytic frameworks in developing and prioritizing options.

Keywords: policy options; clinical priorities; public health interventions; options selection; health promotion; disease prevention

Chapter.  9417 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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