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Am J Health Behav. 2001 May-Jun;25(3):301-10.

Importance of health education research to health education.

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  • 1Department of Health Education, University of Maryland, College Park 20742, USA. rg14@umail.umd.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To focus on the benefits and importance of research to the practice of health education.

METHODS:

The paper discussed the potential of quality research as well as the barriers that keep health educators from using, applying, and sharing their work.

RESULTS:

The basic challenges health educators face in translating their research into practice relate to: becoming well-versed in the science base and previous lessons learned; collaborating effectively; and passing on knowledge by mentoring.

CONCLUSIONS:

To move forward, health educators need to organize their knowledge and make it accessible. This includes explicit and tacit knowledge, work in progress, and a coordinated research agenda. Finally, health educators need to be flexible so they can enable future research needs.

PMID:
11322630
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