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The developing role of evidence-based environmental health: Perceptions, experiences, and understandings from the front line

The developing role of evidence-based environmental health: Perceptions, experiences, and understandings from the front line

Dhesi, S. and Stewart, Jill (2015) The developing role of evidence-based environmental health: Perceptions, experiences, and understandings from the front line. SAGE Open, 5 (4). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2158-2440 (Print), 2158-2440 (Online) (doi:10.1177/2158244015611711)

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Abstract

There has been renewed recognition that proactive strategies and interventions can address the social determinants of health, and the environmental health profession is well placed to effect positive change in many of these determinants. This qualitative research has revealed differences in the perceptions, experiences, and understandings of evidence-based practice among public health professionals from different backgrounds across different services in health care and local government in England. The absence of a strong tradition of evidence-based practice in environmental health appears to be a disadvantage in securing funding and playing a full role, as it has become the expectation in the new public health system. This has, at times, resulted in tensions between professionals with different backgrounds and frustration on the part of environmental health practitioners, who have a tradition of responding quickly to new challenges and “getting on with the job.” There is generally a willingness to develop evidence-based practice in environmental health; however, this will take time and investment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: October-December 2015 issue
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental health; Public health; Social determinants of health; Evidence-based practice; Local government
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 12:18
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14101

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