Journal Article

Problem and solution trees: a practical approach for identifying potential interventions to improve population nutrition

Wendy Snowdon, Jimaima Schultz and Boyd Swinburn

in Health Promotion International

Volume 23, issue 4, pages 345-353
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online September 2008 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dan027
Problem and solution trees: a practical approach for identifying potential interventions to improve population nutrition

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Population nutrition problems have a diversity of contributory factors and, ideally, multi-sectoral solutions should be developed by the relevant stakeholders, based on a common understanding of these factors. The problem and solution tree approach is a participatory process of working through the layers of determinants and then developing potential interventions for a specific issue, using the available data and expertise. We tailored this approach for non-communicable disease-related nutrition problems in Pacific Islands and applied it in several countries. The process led to the identification of a considerable range of determinants of unhealthy diets and potential interventions to improve the situation. This practical approach also offered the additional benefit of developing stakeholder awareness in the issues. Problem trees are a relatively simple tool to implement, easy to adapt to differing needs, can generate a wealth of information and can be more widely used.

Keywords: interventions; diet; problem trees; participatory

Journal Article.  4362 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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