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From Epidemiological Knowledge to Improved Health: A Vision for Translational Epidemiology.

08:00 EDT 30th March 2019 | BioPortfolio

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Epidemiology should aim to improve population health; however, no consensus exists regarding the activities and skills that should be prioritized to achieve this goal. We performed a scoping review of articles addressing the translation of epidemiological knowledge into improved population health outcomes. We identified five themes in the translational epidemiology literature: foundations of epidemiological thinking, evidence-based public health or medicine, epidemiological education, implementation science, and community-engaged research (including literature on community-based participatory research). We then identified five priority areas for advancing translational epidemiology: (1) scientific engagement with public health; (2) public health communication; (3) epidemiological education; (4) epidemiology and implementation; and (5) community involvement. Using these priority areas as a starting point, we developed a conceptual framework of translational epidemiology that emphasizes interconnectedness and feedback between epidemiology, foundational science, and public health stakeholders. We also identified two to five representative principles in each priority area that could serve as the basis for advancing a vision of translational epidemiology. We believe that an emphasis on translational epidemiology can help the broader field to increase the efficiency of translating epidemiological knowledge into improved health outcomes and to achieve its goal of improving population health.

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Name: American journal of epidemiology
ISSN: 1476-6256
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