Based on earlier work on Health assessments incl. HIA and the “Family of Impact assessments“, an initiative was started within the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) to jointly study the different types of Health assessments / Habe, auf Vorarbeiten zu Gesundheitsanalysen einschl. HIA und “Familie der Folgenabschätzungen” zurückgreifend, in der Europäischen Public Health-Gesellschaft (EUPHA) eine Initiative gestartet, um die verschiedenen Formen von Gesundheitsanalysen gemeinsam zu untersuchen.
Idea: The assessments are crucial approaches at the interface of scientific research with policy & practice. There is a potential for health assessments to be recognized as a prime way to voice Public Health knowledge and to contribute to decision-making / Grundidee: Diese Analysen spielen eine wichtige Rolle an der Nahtstelle zwischen wissenschaftlicher Forschung und Politikentwicklung/Praxis. Gesundheitsanalysen könnten sich als wesentlicher Weg erweisen, um Public Health-Wissen zu artikulieren und in Entscheidungsprozesse einzubringen.
Discussion at EUPHA Sections Council meeting in Utrecht (NL), 4-5 March 2015 / Diskussion in der Sitzung des EUPHA Sections Council in Utrecht (NL), 4.-5.3.2015.
Involvement of EUPHA sections / Folgende EUPHA-Sektionen sind beteiligt: Public Health Epidemiology; Public Health Monitoring & Reporting; Health Impact Assessment; Health Services Research; Health Technology Assessment, Public Health Practice and Policy, Public Health Economics.
Workshops held at European Public Health (EPH) conferences / Workshops bei Europäischen Public Health (EPH)-Konferenzen:
- 2013, Brussels (BE)
- 2014, Glasgow (UK)
- 2015, Milano (I), Workshop incl. “On the role of health assessments in public health practice and policy” (Michelsen, Martin-Olmedo, Fehr)
- 2016, Wien/Vienna (A), Workshop.
2017 EJPH paper: Health assessments for health governance – Concepts and methodologies
(Fehr, Alexanderson, Favaretti, de Jong, La Torre, Lim, Martin Olmedo, Mekel, Michelsen, Rosenkötter, Verschuuren, de Waure, Zeegers Paget)
- Article (free access):
Aims: To identify what various types of health assessment have in common; how they differ; which assessment(s) to apply for which purpose; and what needs and options there are for future joint development.
Methods: This review is based on five types of health assessment: monitoring/surveillance/reporting, assessment of health impact, of health technology, of health systems performance, health-related economic assessment…
Conclusions: Although scientific soundness of health assessments is not trivial to secure, existing types of health assessment can be interpreted as a useful ‘toolkit’ for supporting governance. If current traces of ‘silo’ thinking can be overcome, … such assessments might … be recognized as a … ‘tried and tested’ way to voice Public Health knowledge and to support rational governance and policy-making.
The publication includes 2 supplementary boxes and 7 supplementary tables which can be accessed online.
(Rev. 4 Jun 2017)