The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency and character of policy statements in epidemiologic reports.
The first author followed a standardized protocol and reviewed a random sample of articles selected from the American Journal ofEpidemiology, Annals of Epidemiology, and Epidemiology.
The second author reviewed all articles with policy statements and a 10% sample without such statements.
Overall, 23.8% of the articles contained policy statements.
Annals of Epidemiology and the American Journal of Epidemiology had similar frequencies of articles with policy statements (30% and 26.7%, respectively), while Epidemiology evidenced the lowest frequency (8.3%). The majority of policy statements (55%) pertained to public health practice ; 27.5% involved clinical practice, and the remainder (17.5%) focused on corporate policies, regulatory actions, or undefined arenas.
The frequency of policy statements differed according to first author's affiliation, type of publication, area of research, research design, and study population.
Although a minority of publications included policy statements, the inclusion of a statement seemed to be influenced by specific study characteristics.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Recommandation, Politique sanitaire, Etude critique, Homme, Facteur risque, Prévention, Recherche scientifique, Aspect social, Document publié, Impact social, Prise décision
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Recommendation, Health policy, Critical study, Human, Risk factor, Prevention, Scientific research, Social aspect, Published document, Social impact, Decision making
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0437994
Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 22/03/2000.