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Uses of routine data sets in the evaluation of health promotion interventions: opportunities and limitations

Roslyn Kane (Roslyn Kane is a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.)
Kaye Wellings (Kaye Wellings is Director of the Sexual Health Programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.)
Caroline Free (Caroline Free is a General Practitioner in Lambeth and a Research Associate at Kings’ College London, and Weston Education Centre, London, UK.)
Joanna Goodrich (Joanna Goodrich is a Research Manager at the Health Education Authority, London, UK.)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

Practitioners are under constant pressure to evaluate their work. In the current environment, health professionals frequently have limited time and financial resources, and opportunities for using existing data sets must be exploited. Routinely collected data provide a potentially useful resource for use in this context. The aim of this paper is to discuss the potential uses of routinely collected data in the evaluation of health promotion interventions. Opportunities for and limitations of routine data are discussed, drawing on examples primarily from the field of sexual health, to demonstrate principles which are also relevant in other areas of health care.

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Kane, R., Wellings, K., Free, C. and Goodrich, J. (2000), "Uses of routine data sets in the evaluation of health promotion interventions: opportunities and limitations", Health Education, Vol. 100 No. 1, pp. 33-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/09654280010309030

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