|About the book|
"Well before evidence-based practice became fashionable beyond clinical medicine, the team at SSRU was telling us what we ought to already know - that some interventions work better than others, and that that some well-meaning attempts at health promotion, just like medicine and surgery, may do harm. This book is a must for policy makers and practitioners who want to make a real difference, and understand how research evidence can inform their practice. The book will also be an important tool for researchers, who will increasingly be using the tools of systematic review if they want to inform and influence those who deliver services." - Helen Roberts, Professor of Child Health, City University
This book bridges the gap between research and practice in health promotion. It advances evidence-based health promotion by illustrating how service providers and researchers can change their working practices to benefit the public. It addresses the need for health promotion services to be grounded in empirical research, and for research to focus on issues important to those delivering as well as those receiving the services.
Using Research for Effective Health Promotion advances the debate about the relative values of qualitative and experimental research in health promotion, and encourages an increased participation of service users in the development and evaluation of services. It provides health promotion specialists with time-saving tools to draw upon research quickly and critically; and is an important resource for students and professionals in fields such as public health, nursing, education, social work, and voluntary services.
|About the authors|
Sandy Oliver works within the EPPI-Centre at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London to further evidence-informed education and health promotion. She is particularly interested in developing ways to enable service users to influence what research is undertaken, and how. Her interest in research for policy and practice was stimulated by her experience of using maternity services and as an antenatal teacher and member of the Research and Information Group of the National Childbirth Trust.
Greet Peersman has been involved in the establishment and running of the EPPI-Centre from 1995 until 1999, and is now a Visiting Fellow. She is currently working at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she is involved in systematically reviewing the effectiveness of HIV-prevention, and in monitoring and evaluation of an extensive HIV-prevention and care programme in Africa and Asia. She is also an editor for the Cochrane HIV/AIDS Group. Greet previously worked in health education in Zimbabwe and as a health researcher at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.
|Table of contents|
Notes on contributors
Part one: Theory of health promotion and evaluation
principles of practice and evaluation
Evaluating health promotion
Learning from research
Part two: Finding and appraising research evidence
Finding research evidence
World Wide Web for health
how to access tools and research
Critical appraisal of research evidence
finding useful and reliable answers
Systematic reviews of effectiveness
Part three: Applying health promotion and research to young people's lives
The fine details
conducting a systematic review
systematically reviewing for ethics and empowerment
A listening trial
'qualitative' methods within experimental research
Part four: Advances in evidence-informed policy and practice
challenges in evidence-informed service planning
Making research more useful
integrating different perspectives and different methods
Looking to the future
policies and opportunities for better health