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Evidence-Based Public Health

Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Leet, and Kathleen N. Gillespie

Abstract

Public health decisions are often based on short-term demands rather than long-term study, and policies and programs are sometimes developed from anecdotal evidence. To enhance evidence-based practice, this book provides practical guidance on how to choose, carry out, and evaluate evidence-based programs and policies in public health settings. “Evidence” is central to our notion of justice, but is equally central to public health. In public health there are four principal user groups for evidence: public health practitioners with executive and managerial responsibilities; policy makers at loca ... More

Keywords: evidence-based programs, evidence-based policies, practitioners, policy markers, the public, interest groups, researchers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143768
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143768.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ross C. Brownson, editor

Elizabeth A. Baker, editor

Terry L. Leet, editor

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1 The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

2 Assessing Scientific Evidence for Public Health Action

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

3 Understanding and Applying Analytic Tools

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

4 Developing an Initial Statement of the Issue

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

5 Quantifying the Issue

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

6 Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

7 Developing and Prioritizing Program Options

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

8 Developing an Action Plan and Implementing Interventions

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

9 Evaluating the Program or Policy

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET, and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

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