Audit of the annual reports of directors of public health: production methods.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE:An audit of production methods used for the Directors of Public Health (DsPH) Annual Report of the health of their local population. DESIGN:Postal questionnaire survey. SETTING AND SUBJECTS:23 Departments of Public Health in the West Midlands Region. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:Costs and problems relating to different production techniques used. RESULTS:The majority of DsPH favoured reports with figures and graphs. This led to most DsPH using in-house desktop publishing or employing external graphic designers. Those using the former technique had more problems related to computers and felt they spent too much medical time working on the document. However, they also valued the relative low cost, editorial freedom and the ability to correct mistakes easily. Departments which employed external graphic designers generally paid more, but appreciated the extra time made available by delegating the work. They also felt that the expertise was valuable in document design. However, inaccuracies were cited as being more difficult to correct. CONCLUSIONS:Perhaps the best way of producing an annual report is to amalgamate the two commonest production techniques (i.e. external graphic design and in-house desktop publishing).

journal_name

Public Health

journal_title

Public health

authors

Sidhu KS

doi

10.1016/s0033-3506(05)80421-4

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1992-07-01 00:00:00

pages

283-8

issue

4

eissn

0033-3506

issn

1476-5616

pii

S0033-3506(05)80421-4

journal_volume

106

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