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John Walley and John Wright

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238934.001.0001

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Public health interventions

Public health interventions

(p.11) Chapter 2 Public health interventions
Public Health

John Walley

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the following topics: levels of disease prevention, public health programmes, intervention strategies, delivery strategies, public health and essential clinical interventions, and effectiveness and cost of interventions. It argues that health services need to be prioritized, so that they tackle the causes of the greatest burden of disease using the most cost-effective interventions. Existing services can be systematically strengthened with supplies, guidelines, training, and supervision. New intervention strategies may be added if they are found by research and experience to be effective and feasible. Resources are limited and needs are great, thus interventions that are both effective and affordable must be chosen, when implemented across the whole district. There is also a need to need to understand the community and their perception of ill health.

Keywords:   disease prevention, public health programmes, intervention strategies, clinical services, health services

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