Review: An evaluation of emergency guidelines issued by the World Health Organization in response to four infectious disease outbreaks

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Review: An evaluation of emergency guidelines issued by the World Health Organization in response to four infectious disease outbreaks

Review: An evaluation of emergency guidelines issued by the World Health Organization in response to four infectious disease outbreaks

This review demonstrates that public health emergency information sources can be improved upon to insure trustworthiness and utility of information.

The World Health Organization recommends the following principles when developing and communicating guidelines and recommendations:

  • Be transparent
  • Minimize the risk of bias
  • Present implementable, impactful, evidence-based recommendations

Other helpful tips include consistent formatting of information products; complete information such as source, date, and conflicts of interest to assess credibility; and accessible products. Also, when possible, peer review of information sources should occur before dissemination.

|2020-04-23T10:36:41-04:00April 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: An evaluation of emergency guidelines issued by the World Health Organization in response to four infectious disease outbreaks

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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