Community Guide informs decision making, assists researchers

During an April 12 symposium on strengthening the evidence base for childhood obesity, Shawna Mercer, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussed the Guide to Community Preventive Services.

This presentation was part of the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, held April 11-14, in New Orleans, La. Continue reading

NIH releases best practices for combining qualitative and quantitative research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today released recommendations or best practices for scientists conducting mixed methods health research. Mixed methods research combines the strengths of quantitative research and qualitative research. Despite the increased interest in mixed methods research in health fields and at NIH, prior to this report, there was limited guidance to help scientists developing applications for NIH funding that featured mixed methods designs or for the reviewers at NIH who assess the quality of these applications. Continue reading

There’s more to health than health care

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America – led by Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. and Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D., two national health care and fiscal policy leaders – released 10 recommendations for dramatic improvements in the health of all Americans, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to good health. Continue reading