The gold standard for evidence-based public health, The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a primary resource to improve health and prevent disease in states, communities, independent, nonfederal Task Force on Community Preventive Services, The Guide uses comprehensive systemic review methods to evaluate population-oriented health interventions. The recommendations of the Task Force are explicitly linked to the scientific evidence developed during systematic reviews. This volume examines the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions to combat such risky behaviors as tobacco use, physical inactivity, and violence; to reduce the impact and suffering of specific conditions such as cancer, diabetes, vaccine-preventable diseases, and motor vehicle injuries; and to address social determinants oh health such as education, housing, and access to care. The chapters are grouped into three broad categories: changing risk behaviors; reducing specific diseases, injuries, and impairments; and methodological background for the book itself.
Reviewer:Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD(Southwestern Adventist University)
Description:This book presents evidence for practice in the community. A community-based health issue is presented and past research is summarized that provides evidence for effective intervention. The evidence is then "graded" for effectiveness and applicability.
Purpose:The Task Force on Community Preventive Services was "charged with developing recommendation for interventions that promote health and prevent diseases in our nation's communities and healthcare systems." This book presents much of the data this group collected and their synthesis of the information. The authors' purpose is to develop a body of evidence-based practice knowledge. This is a worthy objective, but minimal research is available for some of the most important public health issues.
Audience:According to the authors, the book is "important for helping public health, healthcare provider, academic, business, community planning and advocacy, and research audiences select effective interventions for their communities and for expanding the science base underlying public health practice." The authors are credible and represent many areas of expertise.
Features:This book is designed to answer three questions:
1. What has worked for others and how well?
2. How can I select among interventions with proven effectiveness?
3. What might this intervention cost, and what am I likely to achieve through my investment?
This book is a big step toward establishing community health intervention as a science.
Assessment:This book is interesting; I had trouble putting it down. For readers interested in community health intervention, it is a must-have. Doctoral level education candidates in community/public health will need this for a reference. Community/public health practitioners will need this for program development. Good job. Check out their website at www.thecommunityguide.org.