Public Health

Public Health

Evidence-based public health refers to the continuous use of the most effective obtained facts in decisions concerned with caring about communities, prevention of diseases and issues concerned with the maintenance of a healthy culture (Singh, 2015). The discipline encounters barriers which may be on a personal level or related to organizations. Despite the barriers, several strategies have been developed to help overcome them.
An example of an organizational barrier to the practice is the culture of an organization. Most organizations have a tendency of resistance to changes and prefer going on with the current programs. This is because change means that the organization put in more effort, extra funds, training, and adaptation. Healthcare change means that the organizations put the current programs on hold and embrace new means whose performance they are unsure of (Brownson, 2017). This is a great discourager for adopting EBPH. Organizations, therefore, have no platforms that facilitate and encourage implementation of evidence-based health practices.
One of the personal barriers related to evidence-based practices is when nurses lack proper training and motivation to adopt the practice. Under a normal working environment, nurses subscribe to intensive training since they are used to the program under use. However, when EBPH is brought up, nurses are less motivated to adopt the practice especially in cases where the organization they work for has less support for the practice.
To overcome the organization barrier, the management of an organization should adopt a flexible culture. They should be in a position to accommodate new changes (Brownson, 2012). For instance, they should set aside funds for activities that may come up unexpectedly and are meant to benefit the company. To overcome the personal barrier, an individual should be open-minded to be able to adopt changes. Open-mindedness will motivate the individual to attend training sessions that are related to Evidence-based public health.

References
Singh, K. K. (2015). Evidence-based public health: Barriers and facilitators to the transfer of knowledge into practice. Indian journal of public health, 59(2), 131.
Brownson, R. C., Baker, E. A., Deshpande, A. D., & Gillespie, K. N. (2017). Evidence-based public health. Oxford University Press.
Brownson, R. C., Fielding, J. E., & Maylahn, C. M. (2012). Evidence-based public health: a fundamental concept for public health practice. Annual review of public health, 30, 175-201.

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