Ideally, public health practitioners always incorporate scientific evidence in making management decisions, developing policies, and implementing programs. To enhance evidence-based practice, this book provides practical guidance on how to choose, carry out, and evaluate evidence-based programs and policies in public health settings. It deals not only with finding and using scientific evidence, but also with implementing and evaluating interventions that generate new evidence on effectiveness. Because all these topics are broad and require multi-disciplinary skills and perspectives, each chapter covers the basic issues and provides multiple examples to illustrate important concepts. The book presents a sequential framework for addressing public health issues that includes developing an initial statement of the issue, quantifying the issue, searching the scientific literature and organizing information, developing and prioritizing program options, developing an action plan and implementing interventions, and evaluating the program or policy.
This text provides a case for evidence-based public health, and practical guidance on how to choose, implement, and evaluate evidence- based programs and policies in public health settings. The book targets students in public health and preventive medicine, and public health professionals without extensive formal training in public health sciences. Topics include assessing scientific evidence for public health action, quantifying the issue, and developing an action plan and implementing interventions. The authors are professors at Saint Louis University School of Public Health. Annotation.