Local Information Systems for Studying Public Health Practice and Outcomes

Year: 2010
Funding: Quick Strike Research Award
Status: Completed

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Wisconsin’s PBRN uses longitudinal data from an automated, electronic information system to analyze changes in the delivery of community health nursing programs and activities since 1986, and to evaluate prospects for developing similar information systems to track the outputs and outcomes of other public health programs. The study demonstrates how local public health information system can be used to examine associations between the intensity of programmatic activity and resulting behavioral and health outcomes. Findings suggest ways of using automated, electronic information systems in public health settings to strengthen capacity for public health systems and services research.

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Patricia Guhleman, B.S., M.S.

Julie Willems Van Dijk, Ph.D., M.S.N., B.N.

Bridget Booske, Ph.D., M.H.S.A., B.A.