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Evidence Based Public Health

The practice of evidence-based public health (EBPH) is an integration of science-based interventions with community preferences for improving population health.  Scholars in these related fields seem to agree that the evidence-based decision-making process integrates 1) best available research evidence, 2) practitioner expertise and other available resources, and 3) the characteristics, needs, values, and preferences of those who will be affected by the intervention. (Jacobs JA, Jones E, Gabella BA, Spring B, Brownson RC. Tools for Implementing an Evidence-Based Approach in Public Health Practice. Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:110324.)

(Domains that influence evidence-based decision making Satterfield JM; et al. Toward a transdisciplinary model of evidence-based practice. Milbank Q 2009;87(2):368-90].)

For additional information about Evidence Based Public Health, check out these articles and their corresponding bibliographies.

Brownson, RC; Fielding, J. E; and Maylahn, CM.  Evidence-Based Public Health: A fundamental Concept for Public Health Practice.  Annu. Rev. Public Health 2009; 30:175-201

Jacobs JA, Jones E, Gabella BA, Spring B, Brownson RC. Tools for Implementing an Evidence-Based Approach in Public Health Practice. Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:110324.

For information on how to locate and evaluate Grey Literature using Evidence Based Practice Guidelines, check out this article from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Balshem H; et al. Finding Grey Literature Evidence and Assessing for Outcome and Analysis Reporting Biases When Comparing Medical Interventions: AHRQ and the Effective Health Care Program. AHRQ Methods Guide. accessible via World Wide Web. http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayProduct&productID=1751

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