How policy informs the evidenceBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7280.184 (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:184
Health gap remedies3
Nicotine gum and patches free on the NHS: double the chances of stopping smoking.
Preschool education and child care: strong evidence that it improves long term prospects for children.
Fluoridation of drinking water: cuts tooth decay.
Accident prevention (eg fit cars with soft bumpers): accidents are principal cause of deaths in young people.
Drugs education in schools: prevents pupils becoming hooked.
Support round childbirth to promote breastfeeding and mental health: good evidence of long term benefits.
Improved access to NHS for ethnic minorities (eg by appointing link workers)
Adding folate to flour: prevents spina bifida in babies, and early evidence suggests it may prevent heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease
Free school milk
Free smoke alarms: good evidence they save lives.
- Education And Debate Published: 27 January 2001; BMJ 322 doi:10.1136/bmj.322.7280.222
- Analysis Published: 17 November 2011; BMJ 343 doi:10.1136/bmj.d7310
- Letter Published: 26 May 2001; BMJ 322 doi:10.1136/bmj.322.7297.1304
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