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

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Armstrong, J Doyle, C Lamb, Elizabeth Waters
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.

History

Journal

Journal of public health

Volume

28

Issue

2

Pagination

168 - 172

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

1741-3842

eISSN

1741-3850

Language

eng

Publication classification

C2 Other contribution to refereed journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2006, The Author

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