Crucial role of evidence to increase uptake and utilization of human rights-based approaches in public health practice
Given the increasing emphasis on evidence-based policy and programming in public health, for all the inconsistencies in application of this principle, greater attention is required to the evidence for impact of human rights-based approaches on health outcomes. New methodologies and approaches are called for, as well as greater engagement of the human rights and health community in pursuing research using methods traditionally employed for demonstrating the effectiveness of other types of interventions. Mixed methodologies, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative approaches, should be utilized, and field of implementation research could in particular be engaged to show impact in specific contexts of health systems.
Learning Areas:Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Identify how insufficient use is being made of human rights-based approaches in public health practice, using the example of maternal and child health. Discuss how there is insufficient evidence for the impact of human right-based approaches on health outcomes. Demonstrate how different methodologies of research could help to address both these gaps.
Keyword(s): Human Rights, Maternal and Child Health
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Any relevant financial relationships? No
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