Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health ProjectWithin the EBM models, there is no or little attention paid to the “best practices” for population-based (public) health. The purpose of this project is to examine the clinical EBM models and assess their effectiveness to the public health literature. The project will also identify any existing evidence-based projects in public health and assess their effectiveness. The outcomes of the project will be:
- An Evidence-based Public Health website;
- An electronic publication or database based on the preferred models(s);
- A training program for public health practitioners introducing them to evidence-based public health practice and literature retrieval methods.
- The Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health Project is funded by an award from the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine / Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement to the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
- Identify the knowledge domains of public health and their corresponding literature.
- Identify at least three models of evidence-based literature approaches to clinical medicine and review their applicability to the literature of public health.
- Identify any existing models for assessing the quality of public health literature.
- Evaluate the models for effectiveness; identify their pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, etc.
- Identify a narrow subject area and pilot test it within the models identified for applicability within public health.
- Develop a “Hints for Searching” section on the project’s web site.
- Develop a set of “lessons learned” and recommendations for developing a “preferred” model (database, electronic publication, and website) aimed at the needs of public health practitioners for rapid access to the best public health evidence.
- Design an outreach and training program to increase the awareness of “evidence-based practices” in public health and encourage the use of the web products developed as a result of this study among public health practitioners.