Research and evidence based environmental health

Couch, Robert, Barratt, Caroline, Dhesi, Surindar, Stewart, Jill ORCID logoORCID: and Page, Alan ORCID logoORCID: (2016) Research and evidence based environmental health. In: Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health. Battersby, Stephen, ed. Routledge, Abingdon Oxon, pp. 102-128. ISBN 9780415716710. [Book Section]

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Environmental health (EH) professionals have often spoken of the need to become more research active (Burke et al., 2002; McCarthy, 1996) and make their work more evidence based, but to date little has been written about how to achieve this in practice. This chapter is therefore written as an introductory guide to research for EH professionals, students, and policy makers. By developing your knowledge it is hoped you will feel more confident navigating the world of research; motivated towards making your own work more evidence based; and enthused about contributing to the evidence base from which others can learn. This chapter is not a research methods textbook, a step by step guide to research or evidence based environmental health, nor does it seek to make definitive statements about these complex areas. However it highlights the most important issues regarding research in environmental health, considers the importance of research to the environmental health profession and provides useful signposts towards further resources.
The chapter is divided into three sections. The first defines evidence based environmental health and why it remains a priority for EH professionals. The second section explores the key stages of environmental health research and provides guidance on the development of your reading skills. The final section suggests ways to become more research active and evidence based, acknowledging the many challenges EH professionals face and concluding with a vision for evidence based environmental health. The chapter ends with an annex including a glossary of environmental health research terms, a list of references and suggested further reading.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 23756
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health on 06/07/2016, available online:
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