Health Promotion Literature Review

  • Note: this is a past research project that is now complete. 

    Project title

    Guidelines to Inform Planning & Purchasing of Evidence-based Practice: Interventions for Promoting Health in the Adolescent Population.

    Aim

    The primary aim of this project was to prepare a comprehensive review of the evidence relevant to the effectiveness of adolescent health promotion strategies for decreasing risk factors and enhancing protective factors for six key outcomes - depression, youth suicide, alcohol and substance abuse, tobacco use, antisocial behaviour, sexual risk taking behaviour.

    Project Description

    This project collated, reviewed, and analysed, evidence based approaches to prevention and health promotion relevant to decreasing risk factors and enhancing protective factors for six key outcomes - depression, youth suicide, alcohol and substance abuse, tobacco use, antisocial behaviour, and sexual risk taking behaviour. The specific focus was on evidence of the efficacy of key health promotion interventions targeted to adolescents (defined as 10-18 year olds). Evidence published over the last decade formed the focus. This project defined levels of evidence, across the targeted outcomes and coverd a broad range of approaches to health promotion including public policy and the development of skills. Recommendations relevant to future preventative expenditure were provided.

    Publications

    • Toumbourou, J., Patton G., Sawyer, S., Olsson, C., Catalano, R., Godfrey, C., And Webb-Pullman, J (1999) Guidelines to Inform Planning & Purchasing of Evidence-based Practice: Interventions for Promoting Health in the Adolescent Population. Report prepared for Division of Public Health, Department of Human Services.

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