Community Participation in Public Health: What’s the Added Value in Research and Implementation?

Community Participation in Public Health: What’s the Added Value in Research and Implementation? Swiss TPH Since the early 1970s, participatory approaches involving community members have been used in the public health sector as a strategy to improve the quality of health services as well as their accessibility. The approaches and their underlying concepts, frameworks and methods have varied greatly in past and present. Today, although many organisations promote the use of community participation in public health research and interventions, the feasibility and impact of these approaches often remain uncertain because of the challenge of generating sound evidence on results and outcomes. Other questions on the actual value, sustainability and equity of these approaches have also been raised. In recent years, there has been a heightened interest in strengthening the evidence base of these participatory approaches, to elaborate specific international guidelines and standards and implement effective and sustainable approaches.

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