2017-02-22Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.17886/RKI-GBE-2017-013
Good Practice in Health Reporting – guidelines and recommendations
Health reporting provides descriptions of the health of a population, analyses problems and demonstrates areas in which action needs to be taken in health care, health promotion and disease prevention. As such, it provides a rational basis for participatory processes and a foundation for health policy decision-making. Good Practice in Health Reporting was developed by a working group that includes representatives from all levels of health reporting with the aim of strengthening the field at the local, federal-state and national level. The document sets out guidelines and recommendations that are intended to provide professional guidance for the creation of health reports. It makes 11 recommendations that address the ethical principles behind health reporting, the necessary framework, the selection of topics (the report’s focus), the foundation of the work undertaken (data quality), data preparation, analysis, interpretation and protection, as well as communications and quality assurance. The pilot version of the document was presented at the conferences of the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi), the German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention (DGSMP) and the Federal Association of Physicians of German Public Health Departments (BVÖGD) where it was discussed and subsequently revised. After further review, the guidelines were adopted by all of these institutions. Finally, Good Practice in Health Reporting is to be strengthened and developed further as part of a comprehensive review.
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