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Recent Findings from K. Marsh and Co-Authors Yields New Data on Public Health (Prioritizing investments in public health: a multi-criteria decision...

August 8, 2014

Recent Findings from K. Marsh and Co-Authors Yields New Data on Public Health (Prioritizing investments in public health: a multi-criteria decision analysis)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Current study results on Public Health have been published. According to news reporting originating in London, United Kingdom, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The evidence on public health interventions has traditionally focussed on a limited number of costs and benefits, adopted inconsistent methods and is not always relevant to the UK context. This paper develops a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) approach to overcome these challenges."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research, "A document review and stakeholder consultation was used to identify interventions and the criteria against which they should be assessed. The interventions were measured against these criteria using literature reviews and decision models. Criteria weights were generated using a discrete choice experiment. Fourteen interventions were included in the final ranking. Taxation was ranked as the highest priority. Mass-media campaigns and brief interventions ranked in the top half of interventions. School-based educational interventions, statins and interventions to address mental health problems ranked in the bottom half of interventions. This paper demonstrates that it is possible to incorporate criteria other than cost-effectiveness in the prioritization of public health investment using an MCDA approach. There are numerous approaches available that adopt the MCDA framework."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Further research is required to determine the most appropriate approach in different settings."

For more information on this research see: Prioritizing investments in public health: a multi-criteria decision analysis. Journal of Public Health, 2013;35(3):460-6. (Oxford University Press -; Journal of Public Health -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Marsh, United Biosource Corporation, London, UK. Additional authors for this research include P. Dolan, J. Kempster and M. Lugon (see also Public Health).

Keywords for this news article include: London, Europe, Public Health, United Kingdom, Investment and Finance.

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Source: Health & Medicine Week

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