A societal outcomes map for health research and policy

Michele S. Garfinkel, Daniel Sarewitz, Alan L. Porter

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The linkages between decisions about health research and policy and actual health outcomes may be extraordinarily difficult to specify. We performed a pilot application of a "road mapping" and technology assessment technique to perinatal health to illustrate how this technique can clarify the relations between available options and improved health outcomes. We used a combination of datamining techniques and qualitative analyses to set up the underlying structure of a societal health outcomes road map. Societal health outcomes road mapping may be a useful tool for enhancing the ability of the public health community, policymakers, and other stakeholders, such as research administrators, to understand health research and policy options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-446
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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