The Cochrane Public Health Group (CPHG), formerly the Health Promotion and Public Health (HPPH) Field, aims to work with contributors to produce and publish Cochrane reviews of the effects of population-level public health interventions. The group is situated within the Public Health Evidence and Knowledge Translation research group, University of Melbourne. The group works on a range of activities linked to CPHG reviews. Read more...
Short-course: Evidence-informed public health:
The Cochrane public health group are coordinating another 2-day short-course; “Evidence-informed Public Health" in Melbourne, Victoria on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June 2013. This course will address through informal presentations, practical workshops, discussions and case studies:
- Evidence in public health – background
- Asking answerable questions
- Searching for research evidence
- Assessing trustworthiness
- Applying evidence to policy and practice: applicability & transferability; using & combining types of evidence
- Evaluation – generating evidence about our practice
- Working in an evidence-informed way
For more information: Download the course flyer
New publications at Feb 28, 2013:
We are pleased to announce two new reviews and two protocols in the latest Cochrane Library publication (Issue 2 2013). One review is on housing improvements and one on interventions to promote reintegration of street-connected children and youth. The protocols are on services for ex-prisoners and involvement of adults in conservation activities.
Housing improvements for health and associated socio-economic outcomes
This review specifically examined the changes in health and socio-economic determinants of health following housing improvement. Included studies involved rehousing or retrofitting, whilst the largest group of studies involved warmth and energy efficiency interventions. Read the review and/or the one page summary or listen to the podcast.
Interventions for promoting reintegration and reducing harmful behaviour and lifestyles in street-connected children and young people
This review aimed to examine the effectiveness of interventions which promoted inclusion and integration and reduced harms. In addition, the review explored the processes of successful interventions and sought to understand how intervention effectiveness may vary in different contexts.
Read the review and/or one page summary.
Service brokerage for improving health outcomes in ex-prisoners - protocol
UK Workshop: Conducting Systematic Reviews of Complex interventions using experimental treatments & quasi experimental designs 22nd May 2013
A workshop on 'Conducting Systematic Reviews of complex interventions using experimental treatments and quasi experimental designs' is being jointly organised by the UK Cochrane Centre Training Team and the UK EPOC satellite. The one day workshop will run on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 in Oxford, UK. The programme will be facilitated by Sasha Shepperd, Craig Ramsay and Gerd Flodgren.
This workshop is aimed at Cochrane Review Authors from any CRG who are undertaking reviews of complex interventions using experimental treatments and quasi experimental designs including cluster randomised, controlled before and after studies and interrupted time series.
Places available on a first come first served basis.
To register and for further information about this workshop, attendance criteria, and details about how to register please contact Carly Mole at the UK Cochrane Centre. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +44 (0) 1865 516300.
Cochrane Public Health Group satellite for South Asia: PHESA
It is with great pleasure that we confirm the formation of a satellite of the Cochrane Public Health Group for South Asia based in India. Following the successful symposium at Manipal University in November, an application was submitted for the registration of the satellite and it has been approved by the Cochrane Collaboration. CPHG South Asia will sit within a new enterprise within the Manipal University at Manipal, that will align with the Melbourne editorial team and organisational context under the broad title of Public Health Evidence South Asia (PHESA).
A three pronged structure is proposed:
a) Evidence synthesis (systematic reviews)
b) Primary research (Including methodological development)
c) Knowledge translation (i.e. linking evidence to policy).
The major task of PHESA will be to build capacity to address LMIC priorities in the domain of public health. The satellite plan includes mentoring reviewers for Public Health reviews from the South Asian region, production of review relevant to south Asian region and translation of the knowledge into policy through network of govt. and local level institutions.
The activities will be headquartered in Manipal led by Prof.Sreekumaran Nair (Dr. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Systematic Reviews and Evidence Based Public Health, & Statistical Editor, CPHG) and Dr Ruhi Saith (Senior Consultant, Oxford Policy Management & Developing Countries Editorial consultant, CPHG)
PHESA looks forward to working with stakeholders to create and disseminate better evidence for good health.
Applying the GRADE criteria in systematic reviews in public health
We are currently testing the application of GRADE to the evidence for public health and health promotion interventions with the goal of helping our review authors to consider the GRADE criteria when assessing the evidence base in their reviews. If you are keen to be involved or you have experience in GRADE that you would like to apply in public health, please contact Belinda Burford email@example.com