Reviewing interventions delivered to whole communities: Learnings and recommendations for application to policy, practice and evidence development

Francis, Daniel, Baker, Philip, Doyle, Jodie, Hall, Belinda, & Waters, Elizabeth (2011) Reviewing interventions delivered to whole communities: Learnings and recommendations for application to policy, practice and evidence development. Journal of Public Health, 33(2), pp. 322-325.

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Several reviews within The Cochrane Library address interventions designed to promote physical activity and exercise.1–3 Interventions investigated in these reviews have generally sought to increase the physical activity of individuals or specific groups of people. A new review published by the Cochrane Public Health Group entitled ‘Community-wide Interventions for Increasing Physical Activity’,4 examines the effectiveness of interventions that aim to improve the physical activity levels of an entire community.

We were particularly interested in understanding the effectiveness of such approaches, but also whether they have an impact on inequalities, have potential to be sustainable and are cost-effective. In doing so, one of the most important contributions of this review is considerations and recommendations for the advancement of methods for developing, conducting and evaluating complex interventions, and seeking to synthesize findings relevant for programme development and policy-making. This paper briefly highlights some of these issues.

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ID Code: 52196
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdr040
ISSN: 1741-3842
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2012 06:28
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 01:26

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