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HCM 480: Health Care Policy and Reform

Evidence Informed Health Policy



Loversidge, J. M., & Zurmehly, J. (2019). Evidence-informed health policy. ProQuest Ebook Central


Loversidge, J. M., & Zurmehly, J. (2019). Evidence-informed health policy. ProQuest Ebook Central


Loversidge, J. M., & Zurmehly, J. (2019). Evidence-informed health policy. ProQuest Ebook Central

Background Information

binocularsYou will need background information in order to complete this assignment.  Think of background information resources as binoculars.  You use binoculars to give you a general overview of your surroundings.  Think of background information the same way.  It gives you a general overview of the topic. Specific benefits of background information are listed below.

  • If you are unfamiliar with the topic, it provides a good overview of the subject matter.
  • It helps you to identify important facts related to your topic: terminology, dates, events, history and names or organizations.
  • It can help you refine your topic.
  • Background research might lead you to bibliographies that you can use to find additional sources of information on your topic.

Health statistics give you a general overview of quantitative data regarding your topic.  The UAB Libraries Alabama Health Statistics online research guide is a compilation of links to Alabama health statistics.

Print books can be checked out for a period of 4 weeks and can be renewed twice (click here for circulation details). E-Books (online) are books that you can read in their entirety online. If you are off campus, just enter your BlazerID & password to access the full text. The library catalog lists e-Books, print books, journals and other resources by title, author and keyword. For print books you will see the call number, and whether the book is for use in the library or is available to check out.  E-books can be read by clicking on "Available Online." Off-campus, you will be asked for Blazer ID and password. See examples of each below.

Tip: Either search the table of contents or use general keywords such as chronic illness, Medicaid, access to health care, rural health, etc. in the search box.

Examples of online dictionaries available through UAB Libraries catalog.  

Kaiser Family Foundation                             

World Health Organization                              

National Academy for State Health Policy   

Medline Plus                                                   

To find other reliable websites use the formulas below in a search engine:

"your topic" site: .gov


"your topic" site: .edu


"your topic" site: .org

These formulas will retrieve information from government entities, educational institutions and organizations, respectively.  Remember to evaluate the information.

Evaluate websites using the following criteria.


  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?


  •  Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials? Can you find any information about the author's background?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website? If so, are they cleared marked?


  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

Purpose/Point of View 

  • Is this fact or opinion? Does the author list sources or cite references?
  • Is it biased? Does the author seem to be trying to push an agenda or particular side?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something? If so, is it clearly stated?

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