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Am J Health Behav. 2003 Nov-Dec;27 Suppl 3:S206-16.

Health promotion dissemination and systems thinking: towards an integrative model.

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  • 1Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Hospital and Health Centre, Canada. alan.best@ubc.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To help close the gap between health promotion research and practice by using systems thinking.

METHODS:

We reviewed 3 national US tobacco control initiatives and a project (ISIS) that had introduced systems thinking to tobacco control, speculating on ways in which systems thinking may add value to health promotion dissemination and implementation in general.

RESULTS:

The diversity of disciplines involved in tobacco control have created disconnection in the field; systems thinking is necessary to increase the impact of strategies.

CONCLUSION:

Systems thinking has potential to improve synthesis, translation, and dissemination of research findings in other health promotion initiatives.

PMID:
14672381
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