195071 Evidence-based Public Health: Overview, including pre-course assessment

Saturday, November 7, 2009: 9:05 AM

Joseph Nicholson, MLIS , National Training Center and Clearinghouse, New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
Evidence-based public health is an important component of efficient practice of pubic health, but is overwhelming to many public health practitioners. This session provides the learner with definitions of evidence-based public health concepts and principles. Participants will discuss and review the criteria for evaluating good quality versus unreliable health information. It is easy, for example, to search and come up with a few web sites, but how can you tell if the information is reliable and trustworthy? By following a set of standards, the course will delineate the process through which one can filter out good materials from the questionable health information.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the role of evidence-based public health in public health practice Apply evidence-based public health standards to distinguish reliable and trustworthy information on the Internet Construct a strategic and valuable search strategy Formulate effective searches in response to case studies presented in class using the principles and skills demonstrated throughout the course

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have experience in organizing and coordinating continuing education classes for health professionals and librarians on a nationwide as well as a local level. This experience includes planning classes and arranging facilities in more than 25 locations nationwide. These classes ranged from searching National Library of Medicine online databases (such as PubMed, TOXNET, and NLM Gateway), researching statistical data from international, national, or local sources, and organizing information retrieval into bibliographic management software (e.g. EndNote, RefWorks).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.