Understanding and Applying Analytic Tools
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).
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