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Evidence-Based Public Health Practice

Evidence-Based Public Health Practice

January 2012 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This practical book shows how to do evidence-based research in public health. As a great deal of evidence-based practice occurs online, it focuses on how to find, use and interpret online sources of public health information. It also includes examples of community-based participatory research and shows how to link data with community preferences and needs. Each chapter begins with specific learning objectives and concludes with practice exercises geared to the objectives. Each chapter also contains a list of key terms that are an essential part of an evidence-based public health practitioner's vocabulary. The book includes a comprehensive glossary, and hundreds of online and print references, examples, and charts.
Chapter 1. Public Health Practice and the Best Available Evidence
Chapter 2. Community Health and Health Service Needs and Evidence-Based Programs
Chapter 3. Finding the Best Available Evidence: Questions, Practical Concerns and Ethics
Chapter 4. Research Design, Validity and Best Available Evidence
Chapter 5. Wanted! Valid and Meaningful Data as Proof of Best Available Evidence
Chapter 6. The Best Available Evidence: Quality, Strength, Implementation and Evaluation

“Its emphasis on “evidence-based” is extremely important and relevant, given that funding agencies at all levels are demanding evidence-based practices and sound methods to evaluate public health programs. The end-of-chapter questions and exercises are a great addition to the text that will allow students to critically apply the knowledge gained from the chapters.”

Deric R. Kenne
Kent State University

“It covers a very important topic for the future of public health. There are few very other texts in print that cover this material.”

W. Douglas Evans
The George Washington University

Excellent material to assist the individual in the decision making process. The text will also benefit the student to assist in the research process of writing a dissertation.

Professor Debby Cardillo
Allied Health, Brown Mackie College - Canton
November 18, 2012

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Chapter 1: Public Health Practice


Arlene G. Fink

Arlene Fink (PhD) is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of the Langley Research Institute. Her main interests include evaluation and survey research and the conduct of research literature reviews as well as the evaluation of their quality. Dr. Fink has conducted scores of evaluation studies in public health, medicine, and education. She is on the faculty of UCLA’s Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and is a scientific and evaluation advisor to UCLA’s Gambling Studies and IMPACT (Improving Access, Counseling & Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer)... More About Author

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