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Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 Jan;8(1):A22. Epub 2010 Dec 15.

Publishing on policy: trends in public health.

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Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, 660 S Euclid, Box 8109, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.


Our goal was to explore the number and topics of policy articles published in general public health journals. We conducted an audit of articles in 16 public health journals from 1998 through 2008. Results showed no trends for the decade studied; only 3.7% of all articles published in these journals were policy-related, and the topics most represented were smoking/tobacco, health care, and school policy. As policy research on public health issues continues to develop, researchers have an opportunity to increase dissemination through publication in general public health journals.

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