Public health research: lost in translation or speaking the wrong language?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Public health leaders, like physicians, need to make decisions that impact health based on strong evidence. To generate useful evidence for public health leaders, research must focus on interventions that have potential to impact population-level health. Often policy and environmental changes are the interventions with the greatest potential impact on population health, but studying these is difficult because of limitations in the methods typically used and emphasized in health research. To create useful evidence for policy and environmental interventions, other research methods are needed, including observational studies, the use of surveillance data for evaluation, and predictive mathematical modeling. More emphasis is needed on these types of study designs by researchers, funding agencies, and scientific journals.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kansagra, SM; Farley, TA

Published Date

  • December 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 101 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 2203 - 2206

PubMed ID

  • 22021282

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3222445

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300302


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States