A translational framework for public health research

Ogilvie, D., Craig, P. , Griffin, S., Macintyre, S. and Wareham, N. (2009) A translational framework for public health research. BMC Public Health, 9, p. 116. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-116)

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<p><b>Background</b></p> <p>The paradigm of translational medicine that underpins frameworks such as the Cooksey report on the funding of health research does not adequately reflect the complex reality of the public health environment. We therefore outline a translational framework for public health research.</p> <p><b>Discussion</b></p> <p>Our framework redefines the objective of translation from that of institutionalising effective interventions to that of improving population health by influencing both individual and collective determinants of health. It incorporates epidemiological perspectives with those of the social sciences, recognising that many types of research may contribute to the shaping of policy, practice and future research. It also identifies a pivotal role for evidence synthesis and the importance of non-linear and intersectoral interfaces with the public realm.</p> <p><b>Summary</b></p> <p>We propose a research agenda to advance the field and argue that resources for 'applied' or 'translational' public health research should be deployed across the framework, not reserved for 'dissemination' or 'implementation'.</p>

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Craig, Dr Peter and Macintyre, Professor Sally and Ogilvie, David
Authors: Ogilvie, D., Craig, P., Griffin, S., Macintyre, S., and Wareham, N.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:BMC Public Health
Publisher:BioMed Central Ltd.
Published Online:28 April 2009
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 Ogilvie et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
First Published:First published in BMC Public Health 9:116
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