Tools for decision-making in public health : report of the fourth Futures Forum for High-level Decision-Makers, Brussels, Belgium 16-17 June 2003
AbstractThe Fourth Futures Forum brought together decision-makers and senior advisers from 14 western European countries. The focus of the meeting was on the scope, use and limitations of evidence-based recommendations as tools for decision-making in public health. Participants agreed that the need for informed decisions had never been greater. Public expectations, new technologies, growing public health challenges and the pressure for greater accountability require policy development to take evidence into account wherever this is feasible. Population health is determined by a wide range of social, economic and health service factors. As such, evidence-based recommendations must embrace an equally wide range of research methods, including qualitative studies, social surveys and process evaluation. In addition, despite the growing evidence base for effective public health, this is frequently not translated into clear recommendations for public health decision-making. It is proposed, therefore, that guidelines for evidence-based recommendations for policy should be further developed to inform public health decision-making
Futures Forum for High-level Decision-Makers & World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2003). Tools for decision-making in public health : report of the fourth Futures Forum for High-level Decision-Makers, Brussels, Belgium 16-17 June 2003. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107500
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