Embedding Public Health Practice Amongst Allied Health Professionals: A Rapid Scoping Review of International Approaches

Julie-Anne Lowe, Kanar Ahmed, Linda Hindle, Catherine Haighton*

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Abstract

The UK Allied Health Professions Public Health Strategic Framework outlines their commitment to embed disease prevention and public health into allied health practice roles. Yet there is no clear guidance on how best to embed public health into practice. The aim of this study was to examine international approaches which embed public health practices amongst allied health professionals (AHPs). Given the exploratory nature of this study, a rapid scoping review was conducted. Seventy unique references reporting 69 studies were included representing a breadth of countries, extensive timeline (1987–2022) and different AHPs. Worldwide, AHPs are involved in all four domains of public health outlined in the UK Allied Health Professions Public Health Strategic Framework model. Best practice was evidenced in the form of well-designed studies (n=21) which reported the effectiveness of AHPs public health practice. Nine key success factors for embedding public health approaches within AHP practice were identified. Embedding public health practice should involve interventions targeting AHPs' behaviour change and behaviour change techniques targeting barriers to and facilitators for AHPs' public health practice. Multi/interdisciplinary working, innovative settings/roles, culturally tailored public health interventions along with cultural competence as a core skill should also be encouraged.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125E-135E
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Volume53
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2024

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