What quantitative and qualitative methods have been developed to measure the implementation of a life-course approach in public health policies at the national level?
AbstractAdult health and well-being are grounded in health and experiences in earlier stages of the life-course and are influenced by a range of cultural, socioeconomic, environmental and biological factors acting through the lifecourse. The acknowledgement that health is a dynamic continuum and not a set of isolated health states helps to explain disease patterns, including health inequalities, across populations and over time. There is also growing scientific evidence in support of a life-course approach. However, the complex, multifaceted and wide-ranging perspectives encompassed by the term life-course approach make measurement and evaluation of its implementation challenging. A lifecourse approach to health has become important in recent policy frameworks and health policy-making, with increasing formal and informal political commitment and momentum for adopting such an approach from Member States of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Evidence is required to support development of a framework to measure and report on the implementation of a life-course approach in public health policy-making.
Jacob, C; Cooper, C; Baird, J; Hanson, M. (2019). What quantitative and qualitative methods have been developed to measure the implementation of a life-course approach in public health policies at the national level?. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/326161
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