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PHASE: Promoting Health After Sifting the Evidence

What do we want to know?

With a growing commitment to evidence-based health services, there is an urgent need for information about the effectiveness of health promotion to be readily available and understood by people providing and purchasing services. The aim of this project was to help people purchasing and providing health promotion services to develop the skills they need to make sense of evidence about effectiveness.

Who wants to know?

Those working in health promotion: providers of services; those who commission them and those involved in their training; the Department of Health and regional health authorities.

What did we find?  

The report recommended:
a) Expanding the evidence base of health promotion
b) Encouraging reference to sources of evidence of effectiveness
c) Fostering evidence-based health promotion
d) Developing PHASE workshops.

How did we get these results?

A series of PHASE workshops was run and evaluated.

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The HIVSA training manual contains details of the participatory activities undertaken during three workshops to support evidence-informed decision-making in the development, application and evaluation of educational interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention (held in South Africa during May, July and September 2001).

This summary was prepared by the EPPI Centre

This report should be cited as: Oliver S,  Nicholas A, Oakley A (1996) PHASE: promoting health after sifting the evidence. Workshop report. London: EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. 

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