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Evidence-based Public HealthEffectiveness and efficiency$
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Amanda Killoran and Mike P. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563623.001.0001

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Policy and evidence-based public health

Policy and evidence-based public health

(p.16) Chapter 2 Policy and evidence-based public health
Evidence-based Public Health

Catherine Law

Oxford University Press

The use of research evidence in public health policy poses many challenges. This chapter introduces these challenges, drawing on examples from international, national, and local policy-making. It first considers the need for evidence within policy processes, and then goes on to discuss the usefulness of the current evidence base, highlighting some of the gaps. It discusses some of the challenges in using and developing the evidence base, illustrating the clashes between research, policy cultures and processes, and where progress is being made. Finally, it considers how policy influences research and how this field may develop in the future.

Keywords:   evidence-based public health, public health policy, evidence-based policy, health research

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