A process map.

Evidence Reviews & Public Health

Currently no active Public Health reviews.

A number of researchers in ESMI have a strong interest and extensive experience in the challenges of identifying, appraising and synthesising evidence about public health programmes and activities.  Until mid-2011, ESMI (then working as PenTAG) was one of two academic Collaborating Centres which support NICE's public health guidance development. We worked closely with both the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE, and our colleagues in the other Collaborating Centre (at ScHARR, University of Sheffield) to produce high quality systematic reviews and economic analyses of public health interventions and broader strategic approaches to improving public health.  These past projects are listed below.

More recently we are conducting research into the use and impact of reporting guidelines relevant to public health and behavioural interventions, and a review of the implementation of health promotion in schools (as part of the newly formed NIHR School for Public Health Research)

Workstream Lead: Dr Rob Anderson

Our programme of public health work for NICE finished in May 2011

Recent projects

  • Are interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on human health in developing countries effective? A systematic review. (Funded by the Australian Agency for International Development). View PDF.
  • Whole systems approaches to obesity prevention (programme guidance)
  • Prevention of unintentional injuries to children in outdoor play and leisure environments (Intervention Guidance development). View full report
  • Prevention of unintentional injuries to children in the home environment (Intervention Guidance development). View full report
  • Prevention of unintentional injuries to children in the road environment (Intervention Guidance development). View full report
  • Legislation, regulations, standards, enforcement and strategic policies for the prevention of unintentional injuries to children (Programme Guidance development). View full report
  • Barriers to and facilitators for the effectiveness of multiple risk factor programmes aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease within a given population (review of qualitative research). View pdf
  • Population and community programmes addressing multiple risk factor programmes aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease within a given population (primary qualitative research). View pdf
  • Barriers to and facilitators for effectively conveying information to prevent the first occurrence of skin cancer (review of qualitative research). View pdf
  • Realist review of the implementation of health promotion in schools (NIHR School for Public Health Research). Registered on PROSPERO: Follow link
  • Study into the use and impact of the TREND reporting guideline (PenCLAHRC-funded project)