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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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Developing and Prioritizing Intervention Options

Developing and Prioritizing Intervention Options

(p.178) 8 Developing and Prioritizing Intervention Options
Evidence-Based Public Health

Ross C. Brownson

Elizabeth A. Baker

Terry L. Leet

Kathleen N. Gillespie

William R. True

Oxford University Press

A central challenge for public health is to articulate and act upon a broad definition of public health—one that incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to the underlying causes of premature death and disability. To implement an evidence-based process within this framework, numerous program and policy options become apparent. Identifying and choosing among these options are not simple, straightforward tasks. After options are identified, priorities need to be set among various alternatives. This chapter is divided into four main sections. The first describes some broad-based considerations to take into account when examining options and priorities. The next section outlines analytic methods and models that have been applied when setting clinical and community priorities in health promotion and disease prevention. The third part is an overview of the concepts of innovation and creativity in option selection. The final section describes the development and uses of analytic frameworks in developing and prioritizing options.

Keywords:   policy options, clinical priorities, public health interventions, options selection, health promotion, disease prevention

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