Comparing Knowledge, Accessibility, and Use of Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Prevention Processes Across Four Countries

Anna J. DeRuyter, Xiangji Ying, Elizabeth L. Budd, Karishma Furtado, Rodrigo Reis, Zhaoxin Wang, Pauline Sung-Chan, Rebecca Armstrong, Tahna Pettman, Leonardo Becker, Tabitha Mui, Jianwei Shi, Tahnee Saunders, Ross C. Brownson

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Background: Evidence-based chronic disease prevention (EBCDP) effectively reduces incidence rates of many chronic diseases, but contextual factors influence the implementation of EBCDP worldwide. This study aims to examine the following contextual factors across four countries: knowledge, access, and use of chronic disease prevention processes. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, public health practitioners (N = 400) from Australia (n = 121), Brazil (n = 76), China (n = 102), and the United States (n = 101) completed a 26-question survey on EBCDP. One-way ANOVA and Pearson's Chi-Square tests were used to assess differences in contextual factors of interest by country. Results: Practitioners in China reported less knowledge of EBCDP processes (p < 0.001) and less use of repositories of evidence-based interventions, than those from other countries (p < 0.001). Academic journals were the most frequently used method for accessing information about evidence-based interventions across countries. When selecting interventions, Brazilian and Chinese practitioners were more likely to consider implementation ease while the Australian and United States practitioners were more likely to consider effectiveness (p < 0.001). Conclusions: These findings can help inform and improve within and across country strategies for implementing EBCDP interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214
Number of pages12
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Issue numberAUG
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic disease
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Knowledge
  • Prevention
  • Public health


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