Evidence-Based Methodologies for Public Health

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (2011). Evidence-based methodologies for public health—How to assess the best available evidence when time is limited and there is lack of sound evidence. Retrieved from Organization website: http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/Publications/1109_TER_evidence_based_methods_for_public_health.pdf

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This method provides a framework for rapid risk assessment and evaluating critical appraisal tools used in public health. The method offers practical recommendations on providing evidence-informed advice on public health issues when there is little evidence and time is limited.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The method is structured in five sections:

  1. Background
  2. How to give evidence-based guidance when evidence is scarce and time is limited
  3. The usefulness of EBM grading tools for grading evidence and recommendations for the field of public health
  4. Assessing and assuring quality of guideline development for health protection and control of communicable diseases
  5. EBM methods for public health—the use of consensus methods

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

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