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Title Understanding Evidence-Based Public Health Policy
Author(s) Ross C. Brownson,Jamie F. Chriqui, and Katherine A. Stamatakis - Personal Name
Subject Health System and Policy
Publisher American Journal of Public Health
Publishing Year 2009
Specific Detail Info Public health policy has a profound impact on health status. Missing from the literature is a clear articulation of the definition of evidence based policy and approaches to move the field forward. Policy- relevant evidence includes both quantitative (e.g., epidemiological) and qualitative information (e.g., narrative accounts). We describe 3 key domains of evidence-based policy: (1) process, to understand approaches to enhance the likelihood of policy adoption; (2) content, to identify specific policy elements that are likely to be effective; and (3) outcomes, to document the potential impact of policy. Actions to further evidence based policy include preparing and communicating data more effectively, using existing analytic tools more effectively, conducting policy surveillance, and tracking outcomes with different types of evidence.
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