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Am J Prev Med. 2004 Dec;27(5):417-21.

Evidence-based public health: an evolving concept.

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Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009, USA.


Evidence-based public health (EBPH) has been proposed as a practice model that builds upon the success of evidence-based medicine (EBM). EBM has been described as a more scientific and systematic approach to the practice of medicine. It has enhanced medical training and practice in many settings. Both EBM and EBPH systematically use data, information, and scientific principles to enhance clinical care and population health, respectively. In this paper, we review the evolution of EBPH, propose a new definition for EBPH, and discuss developments that may support its further advancement.

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