Towards a new model of evidence for public health

Harry Rutter, Ketevan Glonti

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BackgroundWe are faced with a growing crisis of non-communicable diseases driven by factors such as unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption, compounded by major inequalities in health. Over recent decades, biomedical research methods have helped to answer many important questions about treatment and prevention, but the kinds of tools that can tell us which intervention to choose over another are not invariably the most appropriate to address complex challenges such as designing healthier cities, or creating healthier, more sustainable food systems. The aim of this project was to identify the main obstacles to obtaining valid and appropriate evidence to guide public health decision making, and propose a set of solutions to address these problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S7
Number of pages1
JournalThe Lancet
Issue numbersupplement 2
Early online date25 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2016


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