Intervention research from a place-based perspective

Authored by: Allison M. Williams

Routledge Handbook of Health Geography

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138098046
eBook ISBN: 9781315104584
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315104584-51

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Abstract

Although intervention design, implementation and evaluation are central to public-health research and practice, intervention research has and continues to be conducted by a wide range of health-focused disciplines, ranging from nursing to health geography. Whether at a population level (e.g., nation, province/state) or at a targeted population (e.g., a specific employee group in a small enterprise), intervention research is recognized as an applied form of research aimed at improving health and well-being through intentional activities – whether policies or programs, for example. As a scientific endeavor, intervention research involves the use of a range of research methods to produce knowledge about policy and program interventions that operate both within and outside of the health sector and have the potential to impact health (Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2014). As Hawe and Potvin (2009) note, health interventions act upon health to positively alter an established course, be it absolute health burden, inequality or inequity.

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