Improving Population Health: The Uses of Systematic Reviews
The report describes the methods, applications, and value for policymakers of systematic reviews that evaluate interventions intended to improve population health. Systematic reviews are the best available scientific guidance for choosing among alternative policies and apply the methods of research synthesis-a rapidly developing area of inquiry that merges the biomedical and social sciences.
Written by health journalists Melissa Sweet and Ray Moynihan, this report is informed by discussions with, and literature from, some of the key figures in the field, including researchers who conduct systematic reviews, policymakers who use them, and critical thinkers who are imagining ways of enhancing their utility. Published by the Milbank Memorial Fund in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.