Enhancing capacity for 'systematic' thinking in public health

Hall, Belinda J., Armstrong, Rebecca, Francis, Daniel P., Doyle, Jodie, & Baker, Philip R. A. (2010) Enhancing capacity for 'systematic' thinking in public health. Journal of Public Health, 32(4), pp. 582-585.

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Abstract

The concept of being evidence based or evidence informed is widely acknowledged as an important component of decision-making. It is perhaps most universally referred to in medicine, however has extended into many other disciplines over the past decade, including public health. Evidence-based public health has been defined as the ‘conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of communities and populations in the domain of health protection, disease prevention, health maintenance and improvement (health promotion)’.1 More recent literature favours the use of the term evidence informed over evidence based to acknowledge the varying influences on decisions in this complex field.2,3 Evidence-informed activities in any discipline require a specific set of skills in critical thinking. These skills include identifying the questions to be resolved, collecting relevant evidence, and assessing, synthesizing and distilling evidence in a way that can inform the set of activities to be undertaken as a result.

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ID Code: 55750
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Export Date: 13 December 2012
Source: Scopus
Keywords: systematic reviews, evidence based practice, training, public health workforce
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdq086
ISSN: 1741-3842
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2013 07:19
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 03:56

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