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Effective Sexual Health InterventionsIssues in Experimental Evaluation$
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Judith M. Stephenson, John Imrie, and Chris Bonell

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508496.001.0001

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Sexual health interventions should be subject to experimental evaluation

Sexual health interventions should be subject to experimental evaluation

(p.3) Chapter 1 Sexual health interventions should be subject to experimental evaluation
Effective Sexual Health Interventions

Chris Bonell

Rebecca Bennett

Ann Oakley

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that evaluating the effectiveness of sexual health promotion is necessary to promote the use of beneficial interventions, to prevent the deployment of harmful interventions, and to maximize the cost-effectiveness of programmes of sexual health promotion. Experimental evaluations of sexual health promotion should include process evaluations, and allocation may often be of clusters rather than individuals. Sexual health promotion interventions that are not amenable to experimental evaluation, because of political or practical problems, should not be totally ignored by researchers and policy-makers. Where experimental designs cannot be used, other evaluation methods must suffice.

Keywords:   sexual health promotion, interventions, experimental evaluation, cost-effectiveness, political problems, practical problems

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