Evidence-Based Public Health

Hardcover | December 17, 2010

byRoss C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Leet

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There are at least three ways in which a public health program or policy may not reach stated goals for success:1) Choosing an intervention approach whose effectiveness is not established in the scientific literature2) Selecting a potentially effective program or policy yet achieving only weak, incomplete implementation or "reach," thereby failing to attain objectives;3) Conducting an inadequate or incorrect evaluation that results in a lack of generalizable knowledge on the effectiveness of a program or policy4) Paying inadequate attention to adapting an intervention to the population and context of interestTo enhance evidence-based practice, this book addresses all four possibilities and attempts to provide practical guidance on how to choose, carry out, and evaluate evidence-based programs and policies in public health settings. It also begins to address a fifth, overarching need for a highly trainedpublic health workforce. This book deals not only with finding and using scientific evidence, but also with implementation and evaluation of interventions that generate new evidence on effectiveness. Because all these topics are broad and require multi-disciplinary skills and perspectives, each chapter covers the basicissues and provides multiple examples to illustrate important concepts. In addition, each chapter provides links to the diverse literature and selected websites for readers wanting more detailed information. An indispensable volume for professionals, students, and researchers in the public healthsciences and preventative medicine, this new and updated edition of Evidence-Based Public Health aims to bridge research and evidence with policies and the practice of public health.

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There are at least three ways in which a public health program or policy may not reach stated goals for success:1) Choosing an intervention approach whose effectiveness is not established in the scientific literature2) Selecting a potentially effective program or policy yet achieving only weak, incomplete implementation or "reach," the...

Ross C. Brownson, Ph.D. is Professor of Epidemiology, Co-Director, Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Department of Surgery and Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Elizabeth A. Baker, Ph.D., M.P.H. is Director, Division of Behavioral Science and He...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 6.3 × 9.49 × 0.91 inPublished:December 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195397894

ISBN - 13:9780195397895

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Table of Contents

1. The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health2. Assessing Scientific Evidence for Public Health Action3. Understanding and Applying Analytic Tools4. Community Assessment5. Developing an Initial Statement of the Issue6. Quantifying the Issue7. Searching the Scientific Literature and Organizing Information8. Developing and Prioritizing Intervention Options9. Developing an Action Plan and Implementing Interventions10. Evaluating the Program or Policy11. Emerging Issues in Evidence-Based Public HealthGlossaryIndex