- Title: Assessing Evidence to improve Population Health and Wellbeing (Transforming Public Health Practice)
- Author: Carmen Aceijas
- Publisher: Learning Matters Ltd.
- Reviewer: Paul Watson, School Nurse, Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCH+C).
What was it like?
This is one book written as part of a larger series of “Transforming Public Health Practice” to support practitioners undertaking a Masters in public health, although I believe that any student looking at this area would find this particular resource invaluable. This book considers the main concepts, issues and methodologies of the second core competence of the Public Health Skills and Career Framework: ‘Assessment of evidence of the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and services
to improve population health and wellbeing’. I was very impressed that the areas covered include the theoretical definition of evidence and its use in public health, the role of critical appraisal methods and tools in evidence assessment and how Effectiveness, Efficiency and Quality inform evidence. I wish I’d had such a clear and succinct tool in my arsenal, not only when completing my Public Health Degree but also my PGCE.
What were the highlights?
This book has many case studies and activities to help link theory and practice and prompt personal reflection in any practitioner or reader. I don’t believe that this is a book designed for bed time reading (I tried it, not good for me!), what it is though, in my opinion, is a very well thought out and executed tool designed exactly to do “what it says on the tin!”, allowing the user to dip in and out of the book as required to get answers to questions or to guide them in a new direction.
Strengths and weaknesses?
I felt that the specific design to the public health framework and the detailed description of how to use and access the information, will make this book a tool that all Public Health Students, Practitioners and Practice Teachers should have access to. I have not reviewed the other titles but hope that they are as equally impressive as I believe that this would then provide a complete resource to guide the user to successful qualifications/ Public Health delivery. This is a nice looking book that has kept itself smaller and useable by being part of a series and I was impressed that there is an “e-reader” version feeling that the opportunity to have all of the series on a device at the same time would be a great aid to any reader.
Who should read it?
I would be recommending this as essential reading to any public health student but also and possibly more importantly I would advise any senior practitioner or practice teacher with a student to get hold of a copy.