PhilSci Archive

Public health policy, evidence, and causation. Lessons from the studies on obesity.

Russo, Federica (2010) Public health policy, evidence, and causation. Lessons from the studies on obesity. [Preprint]

[img]
Preview
PDF
obesity-publichealth.pdf - Submitted Version

Download (321kB)

Abstract

The paper addresses the question of how different types of evidence ought to inform public health policy. By analysing causal studies on obesity, the paper draws lessons about the different roles that different types of evidence play in setting up public health policies. More specifically, it is argued that ‘difference-making’ evidence supports considerations about ‘what works for whom in what circumstances’, and that ‘mechanistic evidence’ provides information about the ‘causal pathways’ to intervene upon.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Russo, Federicaf.russo@kent.ac.uk
Keywords: Causation; Disease Causation; Evidence; Evidence-based Public Health; Obesity; Public Health Policy.
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Federica Russo
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2010 15:46
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2010 15:46
Item ID: 8350
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8350

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item