Improving the health of adolescents: the Nordic countries can help fill the evidence gap

Knut-Inge Klepp, Arnfinn Helleve, Anne-Siri Fismen, Harry Rutter

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While in the Nordic countries we have well-developed welfare policies and several structural, statutory measures in place aiming to promote public health, studies from these countries are often absent from systematic reviews of research literature assessing the effects of policy measures designed to promote health. Using adolescent health promotion and efforts related to primary prevention of obesity as an example, this short commentary aims to illustrate the paucity of well-designed studies investigating the effects of public health policies affecting adolescents. This paper argues that the Nordic research community is in a good position to help fill this gap, and to contribute more widely to the international literature on evaluation of policy interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-891
Number of pages5
JournalScandinavian Journal of Public Health
Issue number7
Early online date17 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2022


  • Public health policies
  • adolescents
  • evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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