November 2003

Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Evidence-Based Medicine; Public Health; Public Health Practice; Public Health Informatics; Child Health Services; Maternal Health Services


Library and Information Science


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information Center has funded a medical library project to develop an electronic resource of current, evidence-based public health best practices identified in the journal literature. This resource will assist university faculty and federal, state and local public health department personnel in identifying evidence-based best practices in maternal and child health. The results to date include a project website; lists of public health journals and bibliographic databases; a chart of public health sources, knowledge domains, and sub-domains; current evidence-based best practices identified in maternal and child health; and a table of public health journals matched with each knowledge domain and sub-domain. This methodology for developing resources related to a specific knowledge domain such as maternal and child health can also be used in other areas of public health. The description of the criteria presently used for defining evidence-based best practices can be used in reviews of the public health literature.

Presented at the 131st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.


See also the project website.


Evidence-based public health; best practices; maternal and child health; public health information