Theory and Research in Promoting Public Health

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Overview

Theory and Research in Promoting Public Health is an important text that addresses these questions, exploring the key concepts, debates, and issues involved in multi-disciplinary public health. The book considers the complex and diverse nature of public health and helps readers critically appraise the theories, research, and policies that inform multidisciplinary public health practice.

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Reviewer: Caryn D Etkin, PhD, MPH (Rush University College of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive introduction and overview of the key constructs of the broad field of interdisciplinary public health.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive framework for planning and promoting public health interventions. The book's attention to diverse issues of global public health makes it a worthwhile contribution to the field. The addition of "thinking points" supports the author's challenge to readers to contemplate ways to promote public health.
Audience: The introduction points out that the book is part of a public health course at the university level and it does appear that the book is indeed intended for students who require an introduction to the broad concepts of public health, not individuals already engaged in public health practice.
Features: The two parts of the book are critical in addressing the many sides of public health. That is, with the division of the book into health promotion and research on health, readers see the importance of both perspectives. The authors present the reasons for engaging in health promotion and the need to research and evaluate any interventions and/or programs. As a researcher, rather than a practitioner, I found the sections on the different types of research and the need for evaluation to be comprehensive with helpful examples. The "thinking points" will be helpful to students and are an effective way to promote discussion in a classroom setting. However, the examples are dominated by ones from the U.K. (though I understand the authors are from the U.K.), which is unfortunate because there are many other helpful and diverse examples of public health programs. Focusing on the U.K. fails to provide a diverse and truly global perspective. In chapter 5, the authors fail to mention a key theory of personal behavior, social cognitive theory, and the descriptions of the noted theories are dated and incomplete. Also, in chapter 11 on evaluation, the authors do not mention a framework widely used in the U.S. to evaluate the effectiveness of public health interventions, RE-AIM. There are other frameworks and theories that are used in other parts of the world that are not mentioned here.
Assessment: This would be very useful as an introductory book for new public health students. I would envision it being used in conjunction with other books or perhaps with relevant journal articles accompanying it to provide further concrete real-life examples. It would be a helpful next step after students read Turnock's Public Health: What It Is and How It Works, 4th edition (Jones and Bartlett, 2008).
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Sarah Earle
PART I: PROMOTING PUBLIC HEALTH
Introduction - Sarah Earle
Promoting Public Health: Exploring the Issues - Sarah Earle
Exploring Health - Sarah Earle
The Factors That Influence Health - Sarah Earle and Terry O'donnell
Who Promotes Public Health? - Jennie Naidoo and Sarah Earle
Theoretical Perspectives on Promoting Public Health - Jane Wills and Sarah Earle
Focusing on the Health of Children and Young People - Sarah Earle
PART II: RESEARCHING HEALTH
Introduction - Sarah Earle
Researching Health - Clive Pearson, Judy Thomas and Cathy Lloyd
Studying The Population's Health - Moyra Sidell and Cathy Lloyd, incorporating previously published material from Jeanne Katz (2000)
Qualitative Research towards Public Health - Linda Finlay
Using Research to Plan Multidisciplinary Public Health Interventions - Revised By Jenny Douglas, Cathy Lloyd and Moyra Sidell, from an original chapter by Jones, Katz and Sidell (2000)
Evaluating Public Health Interventions - Revised By Jenny Douglas, Moyra Sidell, Cathy Lloyd and Sarah Earle from original chapters by Alyson Peberdy (2000)
Understanding Obesity - Sarah Earle

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