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Assessing Evidence to improve Population Health and Wellbeing

Assessing Evidence to improve Population Health and Wellbeing

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July 2011 | 168 pages | Learning Matters
Written to support practitioners undertaking a Masters in public health, this book considers the main concepts, issues and methodologies of the second core competence of the Public Health Skills and Career Framework: 'Assessment of evidence of the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and services to improve population health and wellbeing'.

Coverage includes the theoretical definition of evidence and its use in public health, the role of critical appraisal methods and tools in evidence assessment and how Effectiveness, Efficiency and Quality inform evidence. The book is packed with case studies and activities to help link theory and practice and prompt personal reflection.

What Is Meant by Evidence?
What Are Sources of Evidence?
Making Sense of the Evidential Hierarchy Used to Judge Research Evidence
The Act/Art of Assessing: Critical Appraisal and Its Relevance in Public Health
Assessing Evidence: The Quality of Primary and Secondary Research
Assessing Evidence: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Various Ways of Assessing Public Health Outcomes
Assessing Evidence: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
Principles and Methods of Programme Evaluation
Assessing Quality and Effectiveness to Improve Public Health and Well-Being

This book supports MPH students understand the importance of evidence in underpinning contemporary Public Health practice. The activities are useful.

Mrs Sandra Faircloth
Health , Northumbria University
May 12, 2015

A good book to support students studying evidence based practice at level 5

Mrs Rachael Morice
Faculty of Arts & Community, Truro College
June 4, 2014

As with other texts in this series, it is a useful text, although UK based. I like the way it references elements of the different professional frameworks, which makes it very usable for the relevant students. The subject is directly taught in a parallel module to mine, which is why it is supplementary rather than recommended.

Dr Jennifer Gosling
Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
April 30, 2012

This book stimulates student interest in public health. It opens up topics that are a major concern to society. The book makes demands on students and questions their percieved knowledge.

Mr Michael Kelleher
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Interprofessional, University Campus Suffolk
April 30, 2012

This book is a very useful resource. The standard of the book, along with the informaiton provided within makes for compelling reading, with some useful activities, where the learners may reflect. The layout is not what I thought it would be, though this sets the book off nicely, and is easy to use/read.

I would advise that this be a supplemental resource for my learners rathern than essential.

Miss Zoe Taylor
Health , North Lindsey College
March 13, 2012

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