Educação para a saúde baseada em evidências

Translated title of the contribution: Evidence-based health education

Carlos Pereira, Nélio Veiga

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This paper focuses on how the concept of evidence evolved in the health domain, the principles and methodologies adopted in its exploitation, especially in health promotion and education. We performed a search in the Pubmed/Medline to identify original publications, editorials and review articles about the subject in study using the following keywords, "health education", "evidence based medicine", "evidence based public health", "health promotion", "evidence based health promotion". The use of the term ‘evidence’ in the evaluation of medical practices has become widely debated in the public health domain, particularly in the field of health promotion and health education. The evidence-based medicine aims to integrate the individual clinical experience with the best available evidence based on systematic reviews. The evidence approach gradually extended to other domains, from public health to health promotion or education. Consequently, new concepts emerged such as evidence-based public health or evidence-based health promotion. Still, new challenges arise when assessing the effect of interventions among communities, involving new approaches when exploring the best evidence. The debate on health promotion and education based on evidence has focused on two main concerns: what type of evidence should be explored in order to establish its effectiveness and which are the most appropriate methodologies for the exploitation of this evidence.
Translated title of the contributionEvidence-based health education
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)107-136
Number of pages30
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Public health
  • Health education


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