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Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Left, Kathleen N. Gillespie, and William R. True

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195397895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.001.0001

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The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health

The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health
Source:
Evidence-Based Public Health
Author(s):

Ross C. Brownson

Elizabeth A. Baker

Terry L. Leet

Kathleen N. Gillespie

William R. True

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.003.0001

This chapter includes five sections which cover the following topics: (1) the relevant background issues, including definitions, providing an overview of evidence-based medicine, and other concepts underlying evidence-based public health (EBPH); (2) several key characteristics of an evidence-based process; (3) analytic tools to enhance the uptake of EBPH; (4) a brief sketch of a framework for EBPH in public health practice; and (5) a summary of barriers and opportunities for widespread implementation of evidence-based approaches. A big goal of this introductory chapter is to move the process of decision making toward a proactive approach that incorporates effective use of scientific evidence and data.

Keywords:   public health practice, evidence-based medicine, evidence-based process, evidence-based approaches

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