Journal Article

Advocating evidence-based health promotion: reflections and a way forward

Lucie Rychetnik and Marilyn Wise

in Health Promotion International

Volume 19, issue 2, pages 247-257
Published in print June 2004 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online June 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI:
Advocating evidence-based health promotion: reflections and a way forward

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In the past few years, significant advances have been made in health promotion to generate readily accessible systematic reviews of evidence on the effectiveness of interventions and programs. The influence of this evidence on policy and practice has, however, been unpredictable, and proponents of evidence-based practice are identifying ways to increase the use of research in decisions about health promotion interventions. This paper examines the following questions: (i) is the evidence that is available on the effectiveness of interventions actually relevant and useful to current policy and practice contexts?; and (ii) what is the researcher's or reviewer's role in interpreting the available evidence and advocating action based on their interpretations? The paper concludes by proposing an ‘evidence-agenda map’ to assist advocates of evidence-based policy and practice to identify the health promotion goals they seek to influence against the required and available evidence.

Keywords: evidence-based; policy; practice

Journal Article.  6414 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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