Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Evidence-Based Public Health$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 29 May 2020

Assessing Scientific Evidence for Public Health Action

Assessing Scientific Evidence for Public Health Action

(p.35) 2 Assessing Scientific Evidence for Public Health Action
Evidence-Based Public Health

Ross C. Brownson

Elizabeth A. Baker

Terry L. Leet

Kathleen N. Gillespie

William R. True

Oxford University Press

In most areas of public health and clinical practice, decisions on when to intervene and which program or policy to implement are not simple and straightforward. These decisions are often based on three fundamental questions: (1) Should public health action be taken to address a particular public health issue (Type 1, etiologic evidence)? (2) What action should be taken (Type 2, intervention evidence)? (3) How can a particular program or policy most effectively be implemented in a local setting (Type 3, contextual evidence)? This chapter primarily explores the first and second questions. That is, it focuses on several key considerations in evaluating scientific evidence and determining when a scientific basis exists for some type of public health action. It deals largely with the interpretation of epidemiologic studies that seek to identify health risks and intervention programs and policies that seek to improve population health.

Keywords:   public health practice, evidence-based public health, epidemiologic studies, intervention programs, public health programs

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .