Improving the view of Scotland's health: the impact of a public health observatory upon health improvement policy, action and monitoring in a devolved nation

D S Gordon, C Fischbacher, D Stockton

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The Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) is a collaboration of the observatory sections/functions of several organizations. It operates within a small country, part of the UK, with devolved legislative and executive powers in health and in many areas relating to wider social determinants of health. The short-term impact of ScotPHO on health improvement action, policy and monitoring is described. A key factor in ScotPHO's impact is the directness of its contact with Scottish government policy and analysis leadership. The context and organization of ScotPHO differentiates it from other PHOs in the UK and Ireland, but many of the health and information challenges faced are similar and the Association of Public Health Observatories enables experience and expertise to be shared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-64
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Health
Volume124
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Consumer Health Information
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Health Plan Implementation
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Policy Making
  • Public Health Practice
  • Scotland
  • State Medicine

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