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Evaluating Health PromotionPractice and Methods$
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Margaret Thorogood and Yolande Coombes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569298

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569298.001.0001

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Using systematic reviews in health promotion

Using systematic reviews in health promotion

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(p.70) Chapter 6 Using systematic reviews in health promotion
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Evaluating Health Promotion
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Margaret Thorogood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569298.003.0006

A systematic review aims to search for and organize information in a systematic way, using transparent searches and inclusion and exclusion criteria to try, as far as is possible, to provide an unbiased summary of the evidence. This chapter briefly describes how to undertake a systematic review, including the important step of defining the research question, and discusses some of the problems and challenges. Using examples, it describes some of the ways in which a systematic reviews can be used in evaluating health promotion, and how to evaluate the quality and relevance of such reviews.

Keywords:   health promotion, systematic review, public health, unbiased summary, inclusion criteria, exclusion criteria

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