A recipe for action: using wider evidence for a healthier UK

A collection of essays exploring why we need trans-disciplinary approaches to improve the public's health

June 2018

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Key points

  • A selection of essays written by individuals from a diverse range of industries and specialisms, reflecting on the case study of child obesity.
  • Together they illustrate how different disciplines and professional practices conceptualise evidence and how they reason about moving from evidence to taking action.
  • They also show that a broad range of disciplines and professional practices share similar goals.

It is increasingly recognised that addressing the current challenges facing people’s long-term health outcomes in the UK isn’t simply a problem of research translation and access to existing evidence.

It is a more fundamental problem: the evidence relevant to population-level action for long-term population health benefit – and the support to produce such evidence – is limited.

Producing such evidence requires current public health challenges to be viewed as social, economic, political and cultural phenomena. It requires a wider set of disciplines to be deployed to both understand and address the challenges effectively.

A recipe for action: using wider evidence for a healthier UK, presents a selection of essays written by individuals from a diverse range of industries and specialisms, reflecting on the case study of child obesity.

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