Interventions to promote diet and physical activity may affect socioeconomic inequalities in health. The differing demands that different interventions place on individual resources – e.g. time, finance and mental capacity – may explain why some interventions are more likely to widen inequalities than others.
The Demands for Population Health Interventions (DEPTH) framework categorises population health interventions for diet and physical activity according to the demands they place on individual agency (agentic demand).
The idea of agentic demand is often used to explain the effectiveness and equity of interventions. Yet, until now there has been no consistent approach for classifying interventions according to their agentic demands. The Depth Tool begins to addresses this.
The Depth tool is designed for public health policymakers, practitioners and researchers. Potential uses include to inform the prioritisation, selection, design or evaluation of interventions or during evidence synthesis.
Garrott K, Ogilvie D, Panter J, et al. Development and application of the Depth framework for categorising the agentic demand of population health interventions.
A pre-print is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2023.10.18.23297198. The full article will be available here when published
- The Demand of Population Health Interventions (Depth) tool: Considering intervention effect on health inequalitie (pdf)