Community health promotion and the randomized controlled trial: approaches to finding common ground

J Public Health Manag Pract. 2001 Mar;7(2):33-40. doi: 10.1097/00124784-200107020-00006.


The randomized controlled trial is the model against which research designs are judged. Concurrent with rising standards of evidence, however, is a trend toward greater inclusiveness in community-based research, exemplified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Prevention Research Centers, a nationwide network of academic-community partnerships engaged in community-based health promotion and disease prevention research. The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center developed a replicable process for devising randomized trials in the context of community collaboration. Several examples of trials developed this way and their interim results are provided.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Female
  • Health Priorities
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Heart Failure / therapy
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Postmenopause
  • Public Health*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / standards*
  • Research Design*