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Evidence for Health
From Patient Choice to Global Policy

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  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107648654

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  • Evidence for Health: From Patient Choice to Global Policy is a practical guide to evidence-informed decision-making. It provides health practitioners and policy-makers with a broad overview of how to improve health and reduce health inequities, as well as the tools needed to make informed decisions that will have a positive influence on health. Chapters address questions such as: What are the major threats to health? What are the causes of poor health? What works to improve health? How do we know that it works? What are the barriers to implementation? What are the measures of success? The book provides an algorithm for arriving at evidence-informed decisions that take into consideration the multiple contextual factors and value judgements involved. Written by a specialist in public health with a wealth of international experience, this user-friendly guide demystifies the decision-making process, from personal decisions made by individual patients to global policy decisions.

    • Explains why evidence is useful, how it is produced and how it should be communicated, helping readers make informed decisions about health
    • Addresses decision making from the personal decisions that individual patients make about their own health to global policy decisions that can impact the health of millions of people worldwide
    • Provides an algorithm that uses a series of questions for arriving at evidence-informed decisions, putting the concepts of evidence-based decision making into practice
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This practical guide to evidence informed decision-making helps readers by clarifying and defining the notion of evidence, the creation of it, and its use for improving health. This book is unique because it is written for front-line health workers, policy-makers, global health decision-makers and researchers. The author is a policy-maker and researcher who cares deeply about individual patient care."
    Canadian Medical Association Journal

    "Evidence for Health is a highly accessible and practical guide for knowledge translation as it relates to global health policy creation and interpretation. Over the course of seven chapters, a thorough exploration of the levels of evidence and how they are produced and used in health decision making is explained. What is more, although [this book] is a guideline, it is also a call for change."
    Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association

    "This book is unique because it is written for front-line health workers, policy-makers, global health decision-makers and researchers … Excellence requires that we all use evidence effectively. This book has the potential to help us use it better and to understand how others use it in their lines of work. For those who are not completely sated by this book, Andermann provides numerous excellent sources for the interested reader."
    Canadian Medical Association Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107648654
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 156 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 48 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    About the author
    1. Introduction
    2. Strategies for improving health
    3. Understanding how decisions influence health
    4. Producing evidence to inform health decisions
    5. Facilitators and barriers to using evidence
    6. Making evidence-informed decisions
    7. Conclusion

  • Author

    Anne Andermann, McGill University, Montréal
    Anne Andermann is the Medical Specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Health Canada's Quebec Regional Office, a Public Health Physician at the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay Northern Quebec, Chair of the Community Oriented Primary Care Committee at St Mary's Hospital, Chair of Public Health for the new undergraduate medical curriculum at McGill Medical School, and Founding Director of the CLEAR Collaboration which is developing practical and evidence-based tools to help frontline health workers address the underlying social causes of poor health. Dr Andermann has previously worked on research capacity strengthening for low- and middle-income countries at the World Health Organization in Geneva where she was also a member of the WHO Research Ethics Review Committee and a main contributing author of the World Health Report 2008 on increasing universal access to primary health care. Dr Andermann has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on using evidence to improve the health of populations in the USA (Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, Princeton University), Brazil (Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, Universidade Federal da Bahia) and Germany (Berlin School of Public Health, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin). Dr Andermann was recently awarded the Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health award from Grand Challenges Canada. Her main areas of interest are public health, primary health care, global health, aboriginal health, immigrant and refugee health, social determinants of health, health equity, health promotion, screening, research capacity strengthening, evidence-informed decision-making, health policy, knowledge translation and public health ethics.

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