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Title: The development of a public health intelligence tool for child obesity in greater Manchester
Author: Jarvis, Paul Charles
ISNI:       0000 0004 2688 2558
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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The increase in obesity prevalence over the past 20 years has become an international public health crisis. The lack of timely, accurate information led to a six year delay in recognising the obesity epidemic in UK children, despite height and weight measurements of children at various ages being routinely collected for many years. The chain of data, analytical methods and public health expertise for child obesity analysis and public health reporting is fragmented. This fragmented workflow leads to delayed or lost intelligence and public health decision-makers have little control of the underlying systems to produce the intelligence they require. This research addressed the specific need for a public health intelligence workflow system to profile child obesity. A web based software system known as Obesity Atlas was developed with and for the Greater Manchester Primary Care Trusts. In both requirements analysis and evaluation it was found that the combination of statistics, charts, and geo-visualisation are more informative if chained together in a workflow than used separately. In order to inform more public health decisions with current resources, there is a need for a common framework for finding, sharing, enacting, and re-using public health intelligence workflows.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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