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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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The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health

The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health

(p.3) 1 The Need for Evidence-Based Public Health
Evidence-Based Public Health

Ross C. Brownson

Elizabeth A. Baker

Terry L. Leet

Kathleen N. Gillespie

William R. True

Oxford University Press

This chapter includes five sections which cover the following topics: (1) the relevant background issues, including definitions, providing an overview of evidence-based medicine, and other concepts underlying evidence-based public health (EBPH); (2) several key characteristics of an evidence-based process; (3) analytic tools to enhance the uptake of EBPH; (4) a brief sketch of a framework for EBPH in public health practice; and (5) a summary of barriers and opportunities for widespread implementation of evidence-based approaches. A big goal of this introductory chapter is to move the process of decision making toward a proactive approach that incorporates effective use of scientific evidence and data.

Keywords:   public health practice, evidence-based medicine, evidence-based process, evidence-based approaches

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