Multi-sectoral health promotion and public health : the role of evidence

Armstrong, Rebecca, Doyle, Jodie, Lamb, Chris and Waters, Elizabeth 2006, Multi-sectoral health promotion and public health : the role of evidence, Journal of public health, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 168-172, doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdl013.

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Title Multi-sectoral health promotion and public health : the role of evidence
Author(s) Armstrong, Rebecca
Doyle, Jodie
Lamb, Chris
Waters, Elizabeth
Journal name Journal of public health
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 168
End page 172
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1741-3842
Keyword(s) evidence
health promotion
public health
systematic review
Summary Background Evidence-informed health promotion and public health is an emerging and ever-changing theme in research and practice. A collaborative approach to gathering and applying evidence is crucial to implementing effective multi-sectoral health promotion and public health interventions for improved population outcomes. This paper presents an argument for the development of multi-sector evidence and discusses both facilitators and challenges to this process.

Methods Sector-specific contacts familiar with decision-making processes were selected from referrals gained through academic, government and non-government networks and interviewed (in-person or via telephone) as part of a small scale study to scope the use of evidence within non-health sectors where decisions are likely to impact on public health.

Results The views gathered are preliminary, and this analysis would benefit from more extensive consultation. Nonetheless, information gathered from the interviews and literature search provide valuable insights into evidence-related decision-making paradigms which demonstrate similarities with, and differences from, those found in the health sector.

Conclusions Decisions in health promotion and public may benefit from consideration of the ways in which disciplines and sectors can work together to inform policy and practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/pubmed/fdl013
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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