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Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice

"This is a book of FIRST RESORT for Public Health Practice"

Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice (Podiatry)

Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice
Editors: David Pencheon, Charles Guest, David Melzer, J. A. Muir Gray

Publisher: Oxford University Press; ; 1st edition (2001); 609 pages

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This is a book of FIRST RESORT for Public Health Practice. The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice will help a practitioner scope a public health issue more quickly, more thoroughly, and more systematically. It introduces learning practitioners to the early phases of approaching a public health issue. They can then develop their own more systematic framework of addressing public health problems and solutions more quickly and effectively. Each chapter clearly lays out how to subdivide the approach to a public health concept, method, or issue into specific areas or tasks. Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice outlines the esential steps to help the reader achieve the following: understand the population approaches to population health problems; deconstruct a public health problem into a number of tasks and know what competiencies are needed to achieve these tasks; improve the reader's ability to helap and/or teach others to be able to understand the fundamental issues clearly; to be able to tell their employer more clearly what needs to be done about a particular issue; and to feel more confident and competent about what they do know and what they don't know when addressing public health issues.

Contents of Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice:

1. Public Health Assessment
Acute health trends: surveillance
Longer term health trends: registers
Health status
Health needs
Health impact
2. Options and decisions
Scoping public health problems
Turning public health problems into answerable questions
Finding evidence
Appraising research evidence
Managing public health information and knowledge
Economic evaluation - the science of making choices
Values in public health
Ethics in public health
3. Policy
Shaping your organization's policy
Translating goals and targets into public health action
Influencing government policy: a framework
Influencing government policy: a national view
Using media advocacy to shape policy
Influencing international policy
4. Direct action
Facilitating community action
Effective health promotion programmes
Protecting and promoting health - behavioural approaches
Protecting health, sustaining the environment
Protecting and promoting health in the workplace
'Hard to reach' populations
Managing a communicable disease outbreak
Managing disasters and other public health crises
The public health professional as a political activist
5. Health care assessment
The meaning of quality in health care
Evaluating health care using routine data
Evaluating health care technologies
Evaluating health care process
Evaluating health care outcomes
6. Health care assurance
Setting priorities in health care
Learning from international models of funding and delivering health care
Strategic approaches to planning health care
Commissioning of health care: general principles
Commissioning of health care: specialised services
Improving the system: overview
Promoting equity in health care
Governance and accountability
Improving the use of evidence in practice
Using guidance and frameworks
7. Personal effectiveness
Developing leadership skills
Effecting change at meetings
Writing to effect change
Working with the media
Communicating risk
Developing public health strategies: the consultant's role
Assessing and improving your own professional practice
8. Organisational development
Working in teams
Involving 'consumers'
Project management
Operational and business planning
Criteria to assess effective public health action
9. Case studies
Investigating a disease cluster
Public health in poorer countries
Empowering women in community health: women in Samoa
Disability and ageing - a public health issue
Genetics in disease prevention
Action against smoking
Diabetes - developing a local strategy
Depression - a public health issue
Injury prevention
Classics in public health practice

Podiatrists are playing a greater role in public health issues, so this book is a fantastic first resource for considering the role that public health plays in podiatry and how podiatric concepts can be used in public health.

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