Special Issue "Evidence-Based Primary Prevention and Health Promotion: Effectiveness, Scalability, and Transfer"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tilman Brand
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Guest Editor
Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology—BIPS, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Interests: social determinants of health; evidence-based prevention and health promotion; life course-related prevention
Dr. Karina De Santis
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Prevention and Evaluation, Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology—BIPS, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Interests: evidence synthesis; evidence-based efficacy of complementary treatments; promotion of physical activity in older age

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Strengthening the evidence base for primary prevention and health promotion has been a key issue in this research area in recent decades. Applying appropriate methods reflecting the complexity of such interventions is a core topic, but also, the adaptation of evidence from small scientific trials to real-world settings requires further attention. As more and more interventions show sufficient efficacy, it is important to learn more about effective implementation strategies, as well as the structures and resources needed for a successful scaling up of the interventions. At the same time, questions about equity implications in terms of differential access and effectiveness of the interventions across population groups arise, calling for context sensitivity and sociocultural adaptation. 

While participation and target group involvement have been at the very heart of health promotion for a long time, the topic has recently gained relevance in the field of knowledge transfer. Approaches like co-creation or so-called living labs aknowledge and value the active role of citizens in the process of knowledge production. The potential of these approaches, but also the challenges that may arise from the tension between practical knowledge and evidence-based practice, require more attention in the field of disease prevention and health promotion.

This Special Issue welcomes empirical studies (qualitative and/or quantitative), evidence syntheses and conceptual papers on the following topics:

  • Analyzing the effectiveness of preventive interventions in real-world settings;
  • Implemention strategies and sustainability of effective interventions;
  • Assessing the scalability of preventive interventions;
  • Sociocultural appropriateness and equity implications;
  • Innovative methods for interactive knowledge production and transfer.

Dr. Tilman Brand
Dr. Karina De Santis
Guest Editors

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  • Primary prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Evidence
  • Effectiveness
  • Implementation
  • Scalability
  • Health inequalities
  • Knowledge transfer

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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