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A new tool for the design and authorship of One Health studies is available to researchers after publication in the journal One Health. One Health is a growing discipline that looks at the linkages between the health of people, animals, and the changing ecosystems we share.

Researchers say that as the literature has expanded, they’ve noted a lack of consensus on criteria for a well-designed study in this interdisciplinary field. To address gaps and guide future scholarship, they’ve created a Checklist for One Health Epidemiological Reporting of Evidence (COHERE) standards. The aims are to improve the quality of reporting of observational or interventional epidemiology studies that integrate data from humans, animals and/or vectors, and their environments, while promoting the concept that One Health studies should collect and integrate data from these three domains.

The checklist was led by Dr. Meghan Davis, assistant professor of environmental health and engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, director of the University of Washington’s Center for One Health Research in the School of Public Health; associate professor of global health, environmental and occupational health sciences, and family medicine; and adjunct associate professor of allergy and infectious diseases and epidemiology.

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