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Bridging the Gap Between Knowledge and Health: The Epidemiologist as Accountable Health Advocate ("AHA!").
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PMID:  23038116     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Epidemiology occupies a unique role as a knowledge-generating scientific discipline with roots in the knowledge translation of public health practice. As our fund of incompletely-translated knowledge expands and as budgets for health research contract, epidemiology must rediscover and adapt its historical skill set in knowledge translation. The existing incentive structures of academic epidemiology - designed largely for knowledge generation - are ill-equipped to train and develop epidemiologists as knowledge translators. A useful heuristic is the epidemiologist as Accountable Health Advocate (AHA) who enables society to judge the value of research, develops new methods to translate existing knowledge into improved health, and actively engages with policymakers and society. Changes to incentive structures could include novel funding streams (and review), alternative publication practices, and parallel frameworks for professional advancement and promotion.
David W Dowdy; Madhukar Pai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1531-5487     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiology     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9009644     Medline TA:  Epidemiology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  914-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the aDepartment of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD; and bDepartment of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.
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